DeAndre Jordan changes his mind, re-signs with L.A. Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The mission — reinforce Jordan’s concerns, and convince him to re-sign with the Clippers. Being that Jordan allegedly made contact with the Clippers, the Clippers would presumably be absolved from violating the unwritten rule that teams leave players alone once they have decided to sign with another team.The Mavericks and Cuban this past Friday offered Jordan a four-year, $80 million contract. Jordan accepted, spurning the Clippers, who ended up signing him to a similar contract worth an estimated $84 million, according to ESPN.com; only the Clippers could have signed Jordan for five years and the max of roughly $108 million.Several reports Wednesday had Jordan changing his mind and telling the Clippers he would remain with them, but that the Clippers’ contingent had no intention of leaving Jordan’s house until he signed on the dotted line. Twitter was full of sarcastic tweets suggesting the Clippers were holding Jordan “hostage” until he signed with them.At one point, Mark Broussard of ESPN.com tweeted that the Clippers were trying to prevent Jordan from meeting with Cuban on Wednesday. Cuban also flew to Houston to fend off the Clippers’ charge. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Cuban never saw Jordan on Wednesday.It’s interesting that Paul was one of those enlisted to try and talk Jordan out of signing with Dallas. It had been widely reported, though never substantiated, that Paul and Jordan did not get along and that was one of the reasons why Jordan wanted out of Los Angeles. DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday night broke a lot of hearts, all of them in Dallas. Probably ticked off a few people there, too, most notably Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.Jordan, a free-agent center who verbally had agreed to sign a contract with the Dallas Mavericks, reneged and re-signed with the Clippers. The Clippers notified this newspaper of his signing shortly after 9:01 p.m. Pacific time, the moment players could sign free-agent contracts following a week-long moratorium.Wednesday was bizarre. ESPN.com was one publication that early on reported that, according to league sources, Jordan was having second thoughts about leaving Los Angeles and Monday had called both Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin to tell them that.Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and players Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce reportedly flew on Ballmer’s private plane to Houston, where Jordan has a home. Griffin was already there as he had dinner with Jordan on Tuesday. center_img One story had it that Paul was allegedly unhappy that Jordan did not practice his free-throw shooting enough. That was curious because Jordan could be seen at virtually every home practice and shootaround this past season at a corner basket shooting one free throw after another with a coach watching at the Clippers’ facility in Playa Vista.Jordan has a career free-throw shooting percentage of 41.7 and this past season shot just 39.7 percent. Teams would often foul Jordan on purpose, with the tactic being labeled Hack-a-DJ, along the lines of Hack-a-Shaq for another poor free-throw shooter, Shaquille O’Neal. Jordan, 26, has career scoring and rebounding averages of 8.0 and 9.0 in seven seasons with the Clippers. But the past two seasons he has averaged 10.4 points and 13.6 rebounds and 11.5 points and 15.0 rebounds, respectively. Jordan led the league in rebounding both seasons.Jordan also has become one of the top defenders in the league. He averaged 2.5 blocks in 2013-14 and 2.2 this past season, when he was named first team All-Defense.Coincidentally, it was the Mavericks who got burned in a similar situation back in 2012. Jason Kidd had given the Mavericks a verbal agreement to re-sign with them after the 2011-12 campaign only to see him change his mind at the last minute and sign with the New York Knicks, for whom Kidd played one season before retiring. In another instance, Elton Brand reneged on re-signing with the Clippers after the 2007-08 season to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. That was the same year Baron Davis left Golden State to sign with the Clippers, partly because he thought he was going to be playing alongside Brand.Speaking of Redick, he pulled no punches Tuesday during an interview on Bleacher Report Radio when asked about the Clippers’ offseason work. He gave it an “F” and wanted to know if there was an “F-minus” option available.“Listen, we had one priority this summer,” Redick said. “And that was to re-sign D.J. And we missed out on that. So, barring some miracle, you know, our makeup of our team is completely different now.”Not anymore.last_img

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