DeAndre Jordan's decision this week to back out of a verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks and re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers has made him a target for criticism in some quarters.
At the front of that queue appears to be disgruntled Dallas owner Mark Cuban. Spurred on by a report that claimed he was driving aimlessly around Houston on Wednesday night in search of Jordan, Cuban has now offered the public his version of events.
In a letter, penned via Cyberdust, Mark Cuban describes how Jordan purposefully avoided him this week - revealing the bare-faced lie the NBA big man told him in order to keep Cuban from interfering with last minute Clippers negotiations.
Dallas sports beat writer Mike Fisher documented Mark Cuban's response in a series of tweets:
If Cuban is telling the truth, the fact that DeAndre Jordan blatantly lied to him, telling the Mavs owner he was "out on a date" at a time when he was actually sitting with the likes of Doc Rivers and Chris Paul discussing a Clippers future, is a pretty classless move from the defensive star.
Leaving Cuban out in the cold (literally) is unlikely to help Jordan's case should he ever be in the position to negotiate terms with other owners in the future.
Aside from the way Jordan acted, the whole account is a fascinating insight into the lengths NBA owners will go to to secure top talent. The fact Mark Cuban offered to third wheel on the date just to get a chance to speak to the star is amazing in and of itself.
Sleeping on it
Of course, unfortunately for Cuban and the Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan wasn't on a date, he was busy organizing a return to the Clippers fold that ultimately played out in the public sphere.
The fact all the emojis and breaking reports happened with Cuban having gone to sleep in a nearby hotel room believing Jordan was out wining and dining just makes the whole situation all the more disheartening for Mavs fans.
With Mark Cuban promising more details on this one there are sure to be some more intriguing revelations still to come.
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