For those that want a quick explanation of what just transpired in the past 24 hours between the Deandre Jordan & his reneging on his deal with Mark Cubans Mavericks, here’s what basically happened.
That’s pretty much how it all went down, but for the sake of clarity lets analyze this further…..
In one of the craziest turn of events in NBA free agent history; Deandre Jordan backs out of his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks & re-signs with the Los Angelos Clippers. As we have mentioned in the previous posts reffering to the NBA free agency, all agreements are “verbal agreements” until 12:01 Midnight today. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, leading up to the deadline to make his deal official Jordan began to have second thoughts about signing his deal with the Mavericks & then began to reach out to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. Rivers was able to get Redick, Griffin, & Chris Paul all down to Jordan’s home in Houston to persuade him further into a decision that was probably already made before they flew down there. Once the Clippers posse was in H-Town Thursday night they stayed with Jordan right up until the end of the Moratorium was lifted at 12:01 to officially re-sign with the Clippers.
There really is no easy way to break it down, at the end of the day one of these Franchises was about to be screwed & it ended up being the Dallas Mavericks. Their entire off-season was predicated on being able to sign a high profile player in Free Agency to remain competitive in the Western Conference. After trading for Rajon Rondo & it blowing up in their faces, Cuban & the Mavs front office had to reload with a big name talent or risk becoming a lottery team. Now it’s inevitable that the Mavericks will fall back to other young up & coming teams in the Western Conference.
For the Clippers this was a hail mary of sorts that ensures that the Clippers will be a championship contender for the rest of Chris Paul’s prime years. Analysts will doubt them because of past playoff collapses & their still suspect depth surrounding the Top three. But at the end of the day the Clippers are really no worse than the Thunder, Grizzlies, or Rockets. Neither of these current teams have won a Championship and the Clippers Top Three players are as good as anyone. This is a great day for the Clippers Organization & a sad ending for Dallas Mavericks, who may have to witness Dirk Nowitzki retiring without having another shot at the playoffs.