DeAndre Jordan worked his way back to Clippers by snapchatting Doc Rivers’ son
The Clippers clearly like Austin Rivers.
But he might not even be the most valuable of Doc Rivers’ sons to the Clippers.
That honor could go to the one who helped the Clippers save their summer by retaining DeAndre Jordan, who initially committed to the Mavericks.
This is part of the reason the “Who called whom first?” discussion was so stupid. If Jordan asked Rivers to call him, should we be mad at the Clippers president/coach for violating protocol? Heck, even if Jordan hadn’t asked, Rivers violated no written rule (with this at least).
And yes, Jordan probably would have re-signed with the Clippers even if his Snapchat weren’t relayed to Doc Rivers. But we’ll never know for certain. Even making Jordan 1% more likely to return would have been huge. He’s an excellent player, and the Clippers would have had no cap space to adequately replace him.
Thanks in part to Spencer Rivers, the Clippers didn’t have to learn that the hard way.