DeAndre Jordan agreed to a contract with the Dallas Mavericks but didn’t sign a contract due to the NBA’s moratorium period. The center ultimately had a change of heart and returned to the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving Dallas owner Mark Cuban without his prized almost-acquisition.
However, a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard has apparently struck Cuban the wrong way, and the outspoken Mavericks leader shared his perspective of the Jordan saga via Cyber Dust.
Courtesy of screenshots taken by reporter Kenny Ducey and edited for clarity, Cuban said:
Dear Mavs fans,
After all the nonsense coming from an ESPN employee on Twitter, I thought I would provide the events of the day on Tuesday.
Through all of Monday, [Jordan and I] were texting back and forth discussing players available, the amount of cap room we had left. Who our staff liked. Who he liked. How excited he was.
Then on Tuesday the communications basically stopped and we started hearing rumblings from multiple people that something was up. So I flew down to Houston and got a room at The Galleria, which is just a few minutes from his house. I had my driver take me to his house. It’s inside a small gated community but the gate was wide open. So we drove in and I literally walked up to his door.
There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let’s talk. He texted me that he was on a date. I told him to have fun. I wasn’t in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out.
He didn’t respond.
After about 10 minutes I went back to the hotel. I wasn’t going to sit in front of his house. I didn’t think that was right. When I got back to the hotel I texted him that I wasn’t in front of his house. Have fun on his date and we will talk. He hit me back immediately saying thanks.
He knew I was in town. He knew I was close by. I knew something was up. I was getting the same reports everyone else was. I also knew his agents were coming to town. It made sense that he would talk to them and worst case, even if he was having second thoughts the agent would be able to give me updates.
Like any big career move it’s natural to have second thoughts. So while I was concerned, I still wasn’t worried. So I went to bed.
Cuban then signed off, saying there would be “more to come.”
The Jordan sweepstakes showed that the biggest fear in the NBA’s moratorium period—again, where players and teams are allowed to verbally agree to but not sign contracts—can become a reality. Jordan committed to one team but reneged on that decision.
Now, Jordan was certainly not wrong to make this choice. As Cuban alluded to, choosing an NBA home is a major decision, and Jordan was well within his rights to back out.
It’s unfortunate the way this particular case played out, but at least from an outside perspective, this is intriguing to watch.
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