The Los Angeles Clippers have had one hell of an NBA free agency ahead of the 2015-16 season.
FREE AGENCY Madness
The Clippers pulled off the impressive signing of Paul Pierce to add some extra fight and playoff experience to the roster. But all that will be completely overlooked thanks to the DeAndre Jordan saga that dominated headlines and made the NBA relevant in July, thanks to his flip-flop from joining the Dallas Mavericks to staying with the Clippers.
However, today it has emerged that things could have been so different, with one Clippers teammate reportedly telling Jordan that he should have signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Griffin's Near Own Goal
Blake Griffin may have been part of the contingent that ultimately convinced Jordan to come back to Los Angeles, but his first message to the dominating center was markedly different.
According to a report from Ramona Shelburne and Tim McMahon of ESPN, Griffin apparently told Jordan to honor his commitment with the Mavericks and sign for them when he called him and mentioned having second thoughts.
"Jordan had called Griffin on Monday to say he was having serious misgivings about his decision. He had built a life in Los Angeles," the report stated. "Why was he leaving? Had he just gotten caught up in the frenzy of the recruiting process? Did he really want to be the face of a franchise?"
Griffin told Jordan he had made a commitment and needed to live up to it. They’d still be friends, regardless of whether they were teammates.
Thankfully for the Clippers, Griffin didn't end it there and he eventually added that Jordan should talk to head coach and general manager Doc Rivers. It was that call to Rivers that set about the meetup and eventual re-signing with LA.
It would have been a disaster if the Clippers had lost DeAndre Jordan this summer. He's the only player on their roster capable of hauling in boards on a consistent basis and his departure would've seen Blake playing at center, which no one wants.
Thankfully, it's only the Mavericks who are in disarray and could now tank this season because of how much Jordan screwed them over with his decision.