The Indecision: DeAndre Jordan will remain with Clippers
By TAYLOR ROSEN
College Contributor Network
On the fifth year anniversary of "The Decision" and "I'm taking my talents to South Beach," Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan had his own plot line in mind. The 6-foot-11 center went back on his word and commitment to the Dallas Mavericks to return to his former team.
After what was an extensively hectic day, where the sports world witnessed professional athletes using emojis as subliminal messages, and journalists mixing up details like drinks, Jordan decided it was best to return to the team he made a name for himself with, the Clippers.
ESPN's Chris Broussard reported late last night via Twitter: "Sources: Cuban beside himself. Driving around downtown Houston begging (thru texts) Jordan's family for address to DeAndre's home."
In which, Cuban replied early Thursday morning: "That's the dumbest s*** I've ever heard. If you had any ethics you would message me and I will give you his address."
It's this time of year when the word "sources" gets thrown around and recycled, sort of like how Luke Ridnour was traded four different times in the span of a week, but during this NBA free-agency period, it seems Broussard, and his "sources" have done a whole lot of swinging and missing.
Whether it was Chris Paul using a banana boat emoji to signify his intentions, or Chandler Parsons' infamous 'pump fake' as he described it on Twitter, using an airplane emoji to symbolize he was in route to re-recruit Jordan back to the Mavericks, we were all reminded of exactly how bizarre NBA free-agency can be.
Jordan's decision, or rather his indecision, was covered throughout the day like a 24-hour soap opera marathon. Single handedly, Jordan had the Twitter world collectively refreshing its timeline, searching for the latest scoop.
Jordan had committed to join the Dallas Mavericks just a week before free agents could officially sign the dotted line (July 9). It seems like the NBA's moratorium period may have just cost Mavericks owner Mark Cuban a rising superstar in the league. So how long until Cuban demands a change of rules?
Now where do the Mavericks go from here? Just after receiving the commitment from Jordan a week ago, Cuban came out and said, "If we didn't land DeAndre, we would have gone into tank mode." So, Mark, about that?
Well now that very statement is a reality for Mavericks fans, while the rest of the NBA is left wondering how in the world did this happen? We've certainly seen free-agents back off of a commitment, but not to this extent. DeAndre Jordan was offered a max contract by two separate teams, and it took some flip-flopping, and over a week for him to make up his mind. That's something we haven't seen in the NBA, or any professional sport ever.
Cuban even came out and said he wasn't going to hold Wesley Matthews to his verbal agreement with the team, which was made after Jordan had verbally committed. But Matthews still intends to be a Maverick, and that has to help ease Cuban's pain.
I don't often quote Skip Bayless, but on Thursday morning he made a great point. Bayless said, "DeAndre Jordan made the right basketball choice. But the way he went about it - way he treated Mavericks - revealed a lot about his character."
Bayless couldn't be anymore on the money with that statement. I understand Jordan is a human-being and is capable of changing his mind, but the way he flirted with, strung on, committed and then uncommitted to the Dallas Mavericks, should be compared to that pretty cheerleader who led you on in high school.
On Wednesday night, it appeared Jordan and the Clippers seemed to have worked out whatever issues may have caused all of this, but even with Jordan returning, there's no guarantee that this won't spill over and bring additional drama to the Clippers organization once October hits and the season begins. It's been reported all season, Chris Paul and Jordan have not exactly been best buds. So how exactly can this all you can eat buffet of drama cure their relationship? That remains to be seen.
All of this madness, and there's still no guarantee the Clippers even make it past the second-round in the Western Conference. Well, if basketball doesn't work out for Jordan and the Clippers, maybe they could reap the benefits of living near Hollywood and find a different career in the entertainment industry.
Taylor Rosen is a junior at Kent State University. He spent time with The Stater covering Kent State football and basketball. Taylor is from Cleveland, and has Cleveland sports under a microscope. Follow him on Twitter: @TRosen12