For now, let’s just call it the DeAndre Jordan saga, for lack of a more befitting title given the entertainment the Clippers big man has provided the basketball world in the past week. Just to recap, Jordan was a highly sought after free agent beginning on the first day of July, particularly coming off a fantastic season averaging close to 12 points and 15 rebounds per game.
His reason for opting out of his contract with the Clippers was questionable given the teams he would reportedly consider singing with, including the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks. It seemed clear that his best chance of winning an NBA Championship would come if he stayed with the Clippers, equipped with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and newly acquired veteran Paul Pierce. Yet, rumors continued to circulate that Jordan did not want to play in the shadow of Paul and Griffin. Basically he wanted to be the feature, the guy you go to see the movie for. Not some extra you see for approximately 5.3 seconds.
Keeping that in mind, his verbal agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks on July 3 made complete sense. With the loss of Tyson Chandler and an aging Dirk Nowitzki, DeAndre Jordan would be front and center. He would be the new face of the franchise, according to owner, Mark Cuban. But can he really command that star caliber role and produce offensively without lobs being tossed his way by arguably the best point guard in the game? Jordan must have asked himself the same question during the moratorium period of free agency, because following an absolutely ludicrous string of events, Jordan reneged on his agreement and decided to stay with Doc Rivers and the Clips.
It was an actual hostage situation, or at least that’s how Twitter portrayed it. An epic episode of nothing but tomfoolery. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted, “So far, Clippers able to keep everyone else out of house, including Cuban, agents. Everyone. They’re in four-corners until midnight Eastern,” after news surfaced that the Clippers including Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Doc Rivers all flew to Jordan’s home in Houston to convince him to stay with the team. Meanwhile, ESPN analyst, Chris Broussard, made a mockery of Mark Cuban and the entire recruiting process, tweeting that Cuban was desperately riding around Houston searching for Jordan’s home.
Ultimately, Jordan made his decision but the saga has extended for another episode. New rumors are claiming that it was Doc Rivers’ rather attractive daughter, Callie, that coerced Jordan into staying in L.A., according to Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The headlines write themselves ladies and gentleman. You can’t make this stuff up, or maybe you can. Who knows.
I am sure the greater chance of winning and a larger contract worth $88 million over four years had a lot to do with Jordan staying, but who knows. Women and their feminine wows (I hope you caught the Dope reference) are very convincing.
Nonetheless, the match-ups between the Clippers and the Maverick next season should be absolutely golden!