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


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.

Report: Clippers set meeting with DeAndre Jordan, want him to reverse his decision to join Mavericks

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DeAndre Jordan agreed to a free agent deal with the Mavericks, but due to the NBA’s moratorium period which doesn’t end until July 9, new contracts can’t yet be signed, and teams can get into trouble for discussing the agreements before they become official.

There’s also nothing binding, here — technically, Jordan could choose to back out of his verbal commitment, and the Mavericks would have no recourse.

Evidently, it’s something that’s now being considered.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to convince DeAndre Jordan to reconsider his decision to sign with the Mavericks after Jordan verbally committed to join Dallas last week, according to league sources.

Free agents are traditionally considered off limits once they strike a verbal agreement with a team during the NBA’s annual moratorium period, but sources said that the Clippers have pushed to secure a meeting Wednesday in Houston for coach/team president Doc Rivers and possibly owner Steve Ballmer to make one last face-to-face pitch to Jordan in an attempt to convince him to walk away from the four-year, $80-plus million max deal he committed to with the Mavericks and instead stay with L.A. …

Sources told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that Jordan has told people close to him since picking Dallas that he’s still “torn” and “unsure” about his choice.

Jordan can make more money on a max deal with the Clippers than he can anywhere else, but his initial decision to bolt for Dallas was motivated by other factors. He reportedly wanted a bigger role in the offense and more recognition for his contributions — things that would never happen playing alongside Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in Los Angeles. And, the reported tensions between Jordan and Paul were real enough to be a factor, as well.

There are other components in play behind the scenes. The agents who represent the athletes are more heavily involved in personnel moves than fans would like to believe, and there would be a significant amount of trust lost in Relativity Sports should Jordan’s deal to Dallas end up falling apart.

It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a player to renege on this type of commitment, but it almost never happens. The fact that the Clippers are getting an unusual final shot at convincing Jordan to do so, however, does make it a real possibility.

PBT Extra: List of teams that lost at free agency starts with Clippers

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clippers are going to be a good team next season. They had the best offense in the NBA last season, they still have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, not to mention quality role players such as Paul Pierce and J.J. Redick among others. They will make the playoffs in the West.

But the loss of DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks knocks the Clippers out of title contender status, they fall a couple tiers down in the West.

Because those chances to compete for a title are fleeting, the Clippers head my list of free agency losers, through the first week of free agency. The other team on the list? Try the other coast, in Manhattan.

Report: Clippers signing Wesley Johnson to minimum contract

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers failed their biggest offseason job: Re-signing DeAndre Jordan, who bolted for the Mavericks.

But if you can get past that – though you really shouldn’t – the Clippers have done a nice job using their limited assets to improve around their Chris Paul-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan core.

They traded for Lance Stephenson once his value bottomed out and agreed to sign Paul Pierce to an amount equal to the taxpayer mid-level exception.

Now, as they hoped, they’re adding Wesley Johnson on a team-friendly deal.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

Johnson is excellent value on a minimum contract. He fits the rough profile of a 3-and-D combo forward, though he excels at neither skill. He’s got a good chance to crack the Clippers’ rotation after finding his way with the Lakers the last couple years.

Because he took just the minimum, the Clippers still have $2,088,000 of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception available after using the rest on Pierce. With Jordan leaving, the Clippers suddenly have the full MLE available. If they can use the rest on someone better than Johnson, they’ll be in business.

Relatively speaking.

J.J. Redick: Clippers deserve “F” for free agency after losing DeAndre Jordan

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Once again, it’s Doc Rivers the GM setting the team back and making life difficult for Doc Rivers the coach.

The Clippers have to be on the list of biggest losers in free agency (they were at the top of the discussion in the PBT Podcast) because not only did they lose DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks but also they had no good way to replace him.

It’s not just me saying that, here is what Clippers’ starting two-guard J.J. Redick said on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius XM to Nicole Zaloumis and Ric Bucher, when he was asked to grade their offseason.

“F. Is there an F-minus?

Listen, we had one priority this summer, and that was to re-sign DJ, and we missed out on that. Barring some miracle, the makeup of our team is completely different now.

“He was such an integral part of what we did, not just defensively, but offensively with the screening, his rolling, his offensive rebounds. His presence down low essentially made teams either commit to the three-point line when Blake [Griffin] or Chris [Paul] penetrated, or commit to him, and that either opened up lobs to him or threes for guys like me and Jamal [Crawford] and Matt [Barnes].

“So he was a huge part of what we did and missing out and having him leave for Dallas gives us a failing grade.”

It’s rare to see a player be honest like that. Good on Redick.

The Clippers are still going to be a good team. They had the best offense in the NBA last season, and they likely will often play smaller and faster now. Expect to see some Blake Griffin at the five, Chris Paul may put up numbers fantasy players will love. The Clippers will be entertaining, they will put up a lot of points.

But they have been knocked down a tier or two from contender status. They will still be a playoff team in the West, likely a 4-7 seed, but unless they find a new defensive anchor it’s hard to imagine them challenging San Antonio, Golden State or Oklahoma City. That’s what the summer “F” gets them.