Author: Brett Pollakoff

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Report: Wes Matthews gets a significantly better deal now that DeAndre Jordan has spurned Mavericks


The DeAndre Jordan saga played out publicly and hilariously on Wednesday, with players from both sides tweeting ridiculous things as the Clippers descended on Jordan’s Houston home to finalize his commitment, while the Mavericks were simply shut out.

Once Jordan’s decision was crystallized, Dallas turned to its other free agent commitment in Wes Matthews, who ended up being rewarded for his loyalty throughout the process.

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With DeAndre Jordan going back to the Clippers, Wes Matthews’s deal with Dallas goes from 4/$57M to a max deal: 4 years, $70M, per source.

That would have happened if Jordan had initially opted 2 stay in L.A. Matthews took less in order 4 Jordan to come. That changed, obviously.

With Jordan out of the picture, it would have been easy for the Mavericks to similarly renege on their agreement with Matthews, while choosing to enter a full-fledged rebuild instead.

But as bad it was for Jordan to do so, it would have been even more devastating to the credibility of the Dallas franchise.

Mark Cuban and the Mavericks went in the opposite direction, and committed more money to Matthews than was previously agreed upon. That’s money well-spent, because it will undoubtedly go a long way with future free agents who consider Dallas as a potential destination.

Lakers trade with Pacers for Roy Hibbert now official

Minnesota Timberwolves v Indiana Pacers

The Lakers had a verbal agreement to acquire Roy Hibbert from the Pacers in the early days of free agency, but as we saw on Wednesday with DeAndre Jordan and the circus that played out between the Mavericks and the Clippers, deals like this are ultimately meaningless until the paperwork is signed.

L.A. and Indiana completed the deal on Thursday, and announced it via official release.

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired center Roy Hibbert in a trade with the Indiana Pacers, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. In exchange the Pacers will receive a future second round pick.

“We’re happy to add a veteran big man to the roster,” said Kupchak. “Roy is a proven All-Star center that will help improve our front line. In addition he is a consummate professional and we look forward to having him on the team.”

Hibbert is in the final year of his contract, and for a Lakers team that missed out on guys like LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, adding the former Pacers big man as a plan B while giving up basically nothing in return was a more than acceptable option.

The Lakers also formally announced the signings of Lou Williams and Brandon Bass, along with Anthony Brown, who was the 34th overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.

Players ‘mobilizing’ to go meet DeAndre Jordan, tweet emojis so you know it’s real

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Clippers

DeAndre Jordan is having second thoughts about his verbal commitment to join the Mavericks in free agency, and has scheduled a meeting with the Clippers in Houston which will give them one last chance to convince him to stay.

The Mavericks, too, are expected to meet with Jordan, with Mark Cuban heading to Houston to try to seal the deal.

As the details of this meeting began to emerge, things quickly gained traction on Twitter, and became all kinds of hilarious.

Chandler Parsons was instrumental in recruiting Jordan all along, so it wasn’t surprising to see him announce his intentions to travel by plane to be a part of the conversation.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that J.J. Redick, who was extremely harsh in his criticism of the Clippers for letting Jordan get away, lives in nearby Austin, Texas, and had been “mobilized” to attend the proceedings.

Blake Griffin, who has a strong sense of humor and rarely misses out on a comedic opportunity, quickly joined in on the emoji madness.

Chris Paul, fresh off a vacation which included a banana boat ride with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, brought it all to an appropriately ridiculous conclusion.

Except it wasn’t the conclusion — the jokes just keep rolling in. Paul Pierce wanted in on the act, but the best part is that the 37-year-old didn’t use an emoji; he took a picture of one instead.

Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson jumped in …

as did the Golden State Warriors …

as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This may actually be the greatest day in NBA history.