Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took to social media on Thursday (July 9) to address DeAndre Jordan’s stunning decision to re-sign to the L.A. Clippers after committing to Dallas.
D.J. had agreed to sign with the Mavs last week, but in the last 48 hours, changed his mind after meeting with the Clippers in Houston.
Typically, free agents are considered off limits once they strike verbal agreements with teams during the NBA’s annual moratorium period.
“There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours,” Cuban wrote in a message to Mavs fans, though he never mentioned Jordan by name. “I don’t think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that he never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night.
“More importantly, I specifically told [Wesley Matthews] that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere. I can’t print his exact response, but suffice to say he is excited to play for our Mavs:) Wes Matthews is exactly the kind of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him.
“He will be in Dallas today so if you see him give him an MFFL welcome”
Last week, Cuban and Dallas small forward and lead recruiter Chandler Parsons visited Jordan in Los Angeles last Friday (July 3), securing a verbal agreement.
Matthews, a shooting guard who had discussions with Parsons and Jordan about the trio playing together, committed to the Mavs the night before under the belief that Jordan would also be coming to Dallas. Matthews signed a four-year deal worth more than $50 million.
The Monday after (July 6), Jordan had a change of heart, reaching out to Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Then Doc, along with owner Steve Ballmer and players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce visited Jordan at his Houston home on Wednesday (July 8) to persuade him to return… and he has.