Monday, July 13, 2015

Well, that was weird

DeAndre Jordan picks Clippers
Ok big fella

By now you all know what happened.
  1. On July 1, the first day of free agency, Lob City's DeAndre Jordan agreed to a 4-year, $80 million deal with the Mavericks.
  2. Rendered obsolete, Mavs center Tyson Chandler agreed to a 4-year, $52 million with the Phoenix Suns.
  3. Because of the Moratorium Period, which runs through July 9, Jordan's deal could not yet be signed.
  4. With DJ all but gone, the Clippers, who had already added Lance Stephenson and veteran Paul Pierce, were left scrambling for a center with limited means. Cleveland's Brendan Haywoord and free agent JaVale  McGee were reportedly on their radar.
  5. When, on July 8, DeAndre expressed doubt about his decision to join the Mavs, a Clippers contingent of players and executives flew to the center's Houston home to try to get him to change his mind. The center completely blocked out his agent and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
  6. At the last minute Jordan backed out and re-signed with the Clippers on a 4-year deal worth $88 million.
To add insult to injury, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that Cuban was "beside himself. Driving around downtown Houston begging Jordan's family 4 address to DeAndre's home". Which Cuban, of course, vehemently denies.

All the tweets from Clippers players, camping out at Jordan's house, must also not have helped ease the sting of the loss.

A lot has been said and written about "The Indecision" already. Mostly about how free agents have every right to weigh their options. And that no deal is final until the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed. And that an unwritten rule is, in all actuality, not a rule at all.

There's a lot of righteous outrage, specifically from Mavericks fans, as evidenced by this future serial killer's angry YouTube rant:

Whatever side you're on, you're right.

Will the NBA Moratorium Rule be changed in the wake of the Jordan saga? Perhaps. Though we musn't act like this has never happened before. Remember when the LA Clippers (them again) handed hometown hero Baron Davis a fat 5-year, $65 million contract so that they could pair him with Elton Brand? As you might remember, Brand shockingly opted out of his contract to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Remember when Carlos Boozer screwed over the Cleveland Cavaliers, backing out of a handshake deal with the team to sign a 6-year, $68 million contract with the Utah Jazz?

Sure, reneging on a verbal agreement is a bitch move, but nothing "illegal" happened here.

Still, DeAndre Jordan's first game is Dallas is going to be ugly. 

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