Somebody better order in Thai food, DeAndre Jordan has some house guests.
The Clippers came over to Jordan’s Houston home this afternoon to try and salvage their summer and chance at contending. Owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers, plus Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce pitched Jordan on changing his mind and re-signing with Clippers — and now like your drunk uncle on Christmas they will not leave. The Clippers are staying until he signs on the line that is dotted.
Jordan told then he would re-sign with the Clippers, going back on his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple reports. Dallas owner Mark Cuban wants to meet with Jordan, Jordan’s agent Dan Fegan would like to get in the door, and none of it is happening (although he has to eventually to certify the contract). Jordan isn’t even taking phone calls from Cuban or Chandler Parsons. Here’s the latest reports.
Story going online with @ramonashelburne: DeAndre Jordan indicates to Clips he intends to stay BUT team reps not leaving DJ until he signs
This is a violation of the unwritten NBA code that once a player commits to a team they are off-limits — there are a number of other teams not happy about this. Plus other teams fear the cascade effect — will Dallas with its newfound cap space try to poach other guys that agreed to deals? There is concern this could become college football recruiting, where the first verbal commitment doesn’t stop the recruiting efforts of rivals.
If there is blame it is on Jordan — he made a choice, changed his mind, now will not stand face-to-face with the team he’s breaking up with and tell them.
The Clippers do not care. They note that Jordan started this — he called Doc Rivers and players saying he was unsure. Plus, let’s be honest, people are far more likely to bend/ignore rules when more is on the line, and for the Clippers their shot at contending for a title is on the line here.
Report: Suns reach two-year deal to bring Sonny Weems back to NBA
Sonny Weems was one of the first guys on the NBA bubble who during the 2011 NBA lockout said “screw this, I’m going to go get paid in Europe” and signed to play in Lithuania. He stayed overseas and got paid for a few seasons, spending the last one with Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, but starting to eye an NBA return.
Now he’s back.
Weems has reached a deal to return to the Phoenix Suns, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Sources: Sonny Weems and Phoenix Suns agree to 2-year deal worth $5.8 million
That’s a little bit of a pay cut from the $3 million he was under contract for in Russia (he had an opt-out to return to the NBA).
Weems scored 9.2 points and played almost 24 minutes a night for the Raptors when last he was in the NBA. However, reports out of Europe say the small forward has improved his game — he shot nearly 40 percent from three last season — and he could step in and give the Suns some help on the wings.
Weems will be battling for minutes with P.J. Tucker and T.J. Warren, and someone is going to lose out in that group and be mostly glued to the bench.
Also, here’s the best highlight we have of Weems in Europe, it should make Suns fans smile.
Report: Pistons reach two-year deal to retain Joel Anthony
The 6-foot-9 center who provided a strong veteran presence in the locker room last season has agreed to a two-year, $5-million deal, according the person with firsthand knowledge of the situation. The second year of the contract is not guaranteed….
His playing time wasn’t consistent with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe taking the majority of minutes at center, but he excelled when called upon. His player efficiency rating of 14.74 was a career high for the eight-year veteran.
For the record, that PER is below the league average (15). Best remembered for his time on LeBron’s Heat squads, Anthony doesn’t bring much on the offensive end, but he rebounds and defends, plus plays with a lot of energy. In the limited minutes he will get this season, that’s all the Pistons need.
At this price for one year, it’s a fair deal.
Report: Amar’e Stoudemire to meet with Pat Riley, “strongly considering” Heat
He’s not the force of nature he once was, but Amar’e Stoudemire at age 32 still has a role in the NBA. Last season — split between New York and Dallas — he averaged 11.5 points a game (in the 59 games he played in) and shot 55.7 percent. His PER was a very good 20.3. In a limited role (and with his minutes monitored) he can provide some value.
Pat Riley recognizes this and he’s going after the veteran forward — and Riley wins most of his recruiting battles for Miami.
From Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report:
Source: Amar'e Stoudemire is also strongly considering the Heat. Meeting with Pat Riley tomorrow. Heat has tax midlevel just FYI.
That said, Stoudemire seems a good fit in Miami. The Heat will start Chris Bosh at the four and Hassan Whiteside at center, and then bring Josh McRoberts and Chris Andersen in behind them. You can see Stoudemire getting run in that mix — and doing well.
Miami is going to be a good team next season if they can stay healthy, maybe the top four in the East. Stoudemire would help that along. Plus living in Miami in the winter doesn’t suck. They probably have an entire spa dedicated to red wine baths down there.
Hornets’ P.J. Hairston cited for driving with revoked license
P.J. Hairston has had a rough first year in the NBA. Even before it started, he got into an altercation with high schooler at a pick-up game last summer (charges were dropped). Then he signed with an “agent” who was not certified to do business with the league (the players’ union does the certification). Late in the season he missed a workout and was benched by coach Steve Clifford, something that seemed the culmination of whispers about his work ethic and focus. Plus on the court he got in just 35 games and shot 32 percent from the floor when he did.
Hairston is currently playing for the Charlotte Summer League team trying to improve his reputation on and off the court (but he was shooting below 30 percent this summer heading into Wednesday).
According to the citation, Hairston’s 2015 black Cadillac Escalade was traveling at 51 mph in a 35 mph zone on Toddville Road heading toward Freedom Drive. The tags were expired and his vehicle went more than half its width over the double yellow line for 25-30 yards, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer N.S. Bush in his report.
“P.J. is young, he’s human and we all make mistakes,” said Brittney Bogues, CEO of All In PR and who works with Hairston. “Some of it was misrepresented. He was given a citation like any other person would be given. And once you comply with the situation and show proof of rectifying the situation, which he’s done, everything is dismissed. He’s really trying to focus on what he’s here to do and that’s play basketball and support the community and get past this.”
If this were a one-off situation as his representation wants to sell it, you could see that. We all have made the stupid mistakes of youth. But in 2013 Hariston was popped for driving on a suspended license and misdemeanor marijuana possession, charges that were later dismissed after he updated his license and took a drug test.
Hairston is under contract with the Hornets for this season; then they have to decide if they will pick up the third year of his rookie contract.