DeAndre Jordan Needed to be a Man and Discuss His Change of Heart With Mark Cuban

Last Friday, Los Angeles Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan agreed in principle to join the Dallas Mavericks for four years and 80 million. However, Jordan had a change of heart and resigned with the Clippers in the wee hours of the morning today which was the official time free agents could sign contracts.

Jan 6, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after getting fouled in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Magic 101-81. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 6, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after getting fouled in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Magic 101-81. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

We live in the United States of America which is the land of the free. I have no problem with Jordan changing his mind. What I do have a problem with is Jordan breaking off contact with Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban who has stated he had not spoken to Jordan since Tuesday night. Cuban and Mavericks’ small forward Chandler Parsons arrived Wednesday in Houston along with Jordan’s primary agents but were ignored by Jordan all Wednesday.

Jordan spent Wednesday meeting at his Houston home with Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, and star teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. According to sources, they stayed with Jordan until 12:01 am ET on Thursday (today) which is when free agents could officially sign their contracts.

The soon-to-be 27 year-old should have manned up and met in person with Cuban, Parsons, and his agents. At the very least, Jordan should have personally called Cuban who built his offseason moves around signing Jordan. Not many people enjoy having tough conversations whether they are in person or on the phone. But, Cuban was willing to pay Jordan 80 million and traveled to Houston to officially sign him. How can Jordan not see his decision to blow off Cuban, Parson, and his agents was a cowardly act?

Jordan’s decision to renege on his decision makes the Mavericks weaker and the Clippers a stronger team than the one who blew a 3-1 lead to the Houston Rockets in the western conference semifinals. The Clippers have signed veteran Paul Pierce and traded for Lance Stephenson. These additions and resigning Jordan allow the Clippers to compete in the tough western conference.

And that’s as I see it!

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