Report: Blake Griffin initially told DeAndre Jordan to honor commitment to Mavericks
We know the gist of the story.
DeAndre Jordan had second thoughts about signing the Mavericks, so he met with the Clippers again. They stayed at his house – including Blake Griffin sending hilarious tweets – until Jordan officially re-signed.
But it might not have played out that way if Griffin’s first message to Jordan landed.
I bet Griffin is sure glad he added the part about calling Doc Rivers. If Jordan had just listened to Griffin’s advice about honoring his commitment, the Clippers wouldn’t be title contenders.
That excerpt is part of a fantastically detailed account of Jordan’s free agency. I suggest you read it in full.
Another interesting portion covers Jordan partying with Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons in June – when the NBA permits players, but not team executives and owners, to recruit pending free agents.
Shelburne and MacMahon:
I suppose it’s possible Mark Cuban being at the same restaurant was pure coincidence. And I suppose it’s possible he didn’t say a word to Jordan while they were there.
But anyone using circumstantial evidence to complain about the Clippers violating unofficial decorum should also ask whether circumstantial evidence says Cuban violated official tampering rules.