*Quick editorial note. Â The alternate name for this post is “DeAndre The Giant (Liar).” Â
For basketball fans, we get the NBA Finals in the middle of June, the draft follows shortly after and once that’s over, we get into NBA Free Agency. Â Everyone gets excited, players begin to negotiate with teams and reach agreements. Â It appears to all that we’re watching the landscape of the NBA change before our very eyes.
Only sometimes it doesn’t…
Agreements are nice. Â They’re sexy. Â They get the headlines. Â But what often gets lost in all that celebration is that absolutely none of it means anything until players can put pen to paperÂ at 12:01 on July 9th.
This of course, brings us to the case of DeAndre Jordan.
It’s been a real soap opera following the last fews days of DeAndre.
Five days ago, news broke that Jordan had agreed to a contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Then late last night, we start hearing that Jordan’s leaning towards backing out on his deal with the Mavericks and returning to the Clippers.
Which brings us to today. Â First we hear he’s leaning towards going back to L.A., then it appears he’s settled on sticking with the Mavericks. Â Cut to a cavalcade of Clippers, including head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin flying out to meet with Jordan and pitch him on returning. Â Following that, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and forward Chandler Parsons jumped on a plane to have dinner with DeAndre (note: Dinner with DeAndre would have also made a fine title), before the pseudo-free agent makes his final decision.
So does he honor his agreement or does he back out and go back to L.A.?
Just for the record, I believe he’s going to stick with the Mavs. Â But I do like the fact that if he’s going to back out, he has to do it to Mark Cuban’s face. Â There’s something honorable about that, and honor has been in short supply during this whole ordeal.
More importantly, does a man’s word mean anything anymore?
I guess we’ll find out later tonight.