Free-agent center DeAndre Jordan is seriously reconsidering the four-year, $80 million deal he agreed to with the Dallas Mavericks last week. He is mulling over a return to the Los Angeles Clippers instead. The Clippers refused to leave his house until 12:01 a.m. ET on July 9 until he signs his new contract.
The Los Angeles Clippers held DeAndre Jordan hostage right in his own home.
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According to a July 8 update from ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, Jordan is on the verge of taking back his agreement on the four-year, $80 million offer from the Mavericks last Friday to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jordan met with several players and team officials from the Clippers at his Houston home on Wednesday. At the conclusion of the meeting, he had a change of heart from and is strongly leaning toward a new, lucrative deal with Los Angeles instead, per ESPN.
Among those who were present were Clippers players Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce and J.J. Redick. Head coach and team president Doc Rivers as well as owner Steve Ballmer were on hand, per Stein and Shelburne.
For their part, the Mavericks have been trying to reach out to Jordan via text messages and phone calls but to no avail. Stein and Shelburne reported on Wednesday that Dallas owner Mark Cuban has already informed team management Jordan will stay with the Clippers.
The Mavericks have yet to hear back from Jordan since Tuesday, just two days before the NBA's moratorium is lifted. When it does on Thursday, Jordan can re-sign with the Clippers, per ESPN.
The Clippers contingent at Jordan's residence in Houston vowed to stay "until at least" 12:01 a.m. E.T. on July 9 so he can sign his new contract, per Stein and Shelburne.
With this, Cuban and Dallas lead recruiter and forward Chandler Parsons now fear they won't get a chance to talk to Jordan now that the Clippers refuse to leave his side. Both Cuban and Parsons flew to Houston along with Jordan's two agents, Dan Fegan and Jarrin Akana, per ESPN.
The Mavericks were said to be promised another meeting with Jordan on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Fegan and Akana were not around when the Clippers went to Jordan's house, per Stein and Shelburne.
ESPN sources reveal Jordan contacted Rivers and Griffin on Monday to tell them he had reservations about joining the Mavericks. Once he did, the Clippers pounced on the opportunity and began to pursue him aggressively.
Paul had to cut short his vacation in the Carribbean with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade so he can join this pursuit. An ESPN source present during the meeting at Jordan's house told ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard he was emotional when the Clipppers met Jordan.
The ESPN update says Paul did not know Jordan felt some animosity toward him, thiking they treated each other like "brothers" all along. Paul vowed to make Jordan a more important focal point of the Clippers' offense.
Before Jordan agreed to the lucrative contract with Dallas, Stein and Shelburne say he had several conversations with Griffin. Jordan felt the Clippers might trade Griffin within the next two years because of the team's lack of playoff success.
Jordan also wondered whether Griffin will remain in Los Angeles after 2017, when both the latter and Paul can become free agents, per ESPN.
Jordan asked Griffin what his plans are for his future. Griffin told Jordan to make his decision regardless of what he plans to do. Griffin was happy for Jordan when he was informed he'd join the Mavericks, per Stein and Shelburne.
Three days after agreeing to the Dallas contract, Jordan called Griffin to tell him he was having second thoughts. Griffin told him to reach out to Rivers, who began contacting members of the organization to set up a meeting with Jordan on July 8, per ESPN.
Griffin arrived in Houston a day before the said meeting to have dinner with Jordan, per Stein and Shelburne.
With limited options at center in free agency, the Mavericks will now look at trading for Roy Hibbert, per The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko.
Hibbert was said to be on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, who agreed to a trade with the Indiana Pacers on July 4, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
Despite Jordan's change of heart, the Mavericks are looking at shooting guard Wesley Matthews' signing on Thursday as a consolation, per Sefko. A separate Dallas Morning News update says Matthews agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the Mavericks last week.
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