Ironically on the fifth year anniversary of Lebron James' infamous "The Decision", a new free agency storyline has made history. DeAndre Jordan reneged on his decision to join the Dallas Mavericks and opted to rejoin the Los Angles Clippers. Besides July 8th being known as "The Decision", the day will now also be remembered as "The De-Commitment" (Dubbed by SB Nation).
"About a week agooooo" *shmoneys*, free agent center DeAndre Jordan spurred his former team, the Clippers, and decided to take his talents to Texas and join the Mavericks. It was reported that Jordan wanted to be the "main guy" and the Mavs were ready to make that a reality. The team felt they got a 20-20 player with the potential to be the best center in the league. There were also rumors of a riff between Jordan and Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Sources say the two did not have the best relationship and Paul's unwillingness to high five Jordan was an issue.
On July 8th, the day before free agents can sign, Jordan clearly had a change of heart. Reports began coming from everywhere that the Clippers were going to make one final push to keep DJ in LA. It also was said that the center was torn about his decision to leave his other team . As the day went on, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and other sports journalist became reporting about a big migration to Houston. Jordan decided to grant the Clips one more meeting. The entire Clippers starting line-up, head coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmam headed to Houston. Owner Mark Cuban and small forward/GM Chandler Parsons headed to the H on the Mavs behalf. This started what will be known as the "emoji war". Everyone began tweeting emojis to show the were on the way to see DJ.
Tony Romo chimed in with a sales pitch for the center to keep his commitment to Dallas (Should have knew it was over when this happened).
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant chimed in with emojis of their own as well.
The Clippers met with Jordan and decided to never leave his house. They stayed in the home making sure he did not leave or no one could get in. It was reported not even Jordan's agent could enter the home. Cuban and Parsons made calls to Jordan but they received no answers. Blake Griffin even joking tweeted a picture with a chair blocking a door in DJ's home.
In the end, to make a long story shorter, when the clock struck 11pm central time, DeAndre Jordan spurned the Dalllas Mavericks and resigned with the Los Angles Clippers.
Do you think DJ made the right decision? Do you think the situation could have been handled better? Should the NBA get rid of the free agency moratorium?
#SpeakYourMind in the comments below. (My Opinion below)
My Opinion: Did DeAndre Jordan make the right decision? If we are talking about competing for championship, I think DJ did make the right decision. The Clippers are loaded. You have arguably the best point guard and one of the best power forwards in the game on your roster. Plus your team added Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson to as well. The team has the make up to potentially win it all. However do I think they make it past the second round? Nope. As a player, I think DJ made a highly questionable decision. What type of legacy does DJ want to leave? He had a chance to go to Dallas, be the main guy (like it was reported that he wanted) and have a roster built around him. Now he is back with the Clippers as the potential 4th option on the team behind Paul, Griffin and Pierce. He chose to be apart of someone else's legacy versus leaving one of his own in my eyes.
Now while I HAVE NO ISSUE with him deciding to resign with the Clippers. What I do have a problem with is how he went about it. It is said that the Clips were basically holding him hostage in his house after remeeting with him. DeAndre Jordan is a grown man. If he wanted to leave, he could have. I believe he was scared to face Mark Cuban. You already proved you are not a man of your word by reneging on signing with the Mavs, the least he could have done was have the balls to tell Cuban to his face about his de-commitment versus hiding out in his home all day. I cannot respect that. As a Mavs fan, I can admit I am a bit bitter about the whole ordeal. However, he made the decision best for him so I cannot fault him. I just cannot respect him either for how he conducted himself during the process.
I also think it is time for the NBA to do away when the free agency moratorium. When a player commits, they should be able to sign their contract or at least have to sign something that prohibits them from backing out of the deal or another team from tampering. Maybe that is the salty Mavs fan in me talking but I think the change should be made regardless.
Again, #SpeakYourMind in the comments.