After a disappointing four seasons in Brooklyn, Deron Williams has the opportunity for a fresh start with his hometown Mavericks. He agreed to a buyout with the Nets in July and signed a two-year, $11 million deal with Dallas. He knows he has a lot to prove, and according to those who have seen his workouts in Dallas, he’s off to a good start.
We’ll see if it sticks. Every year since he was traded to the Nets has promised to be the year he finally returns to his circa-2008 Utah form, and it never happens. He’s been solid in stretches in Brooklyn, but he’s never been able to stay healthy, and by now it’s clear he simply isn’t the same player he was six years ago when it was a legitimate conversation whether he or Chris Paul was the best point guard in the NBA. Unfortunately, with all their other injury concerns, Dallas needs him to be that player if they’re going to challenge for a playoff spot.
It’s been an eventful summer for DeAndre Jordan in his first time as an unrestricted free agent. He committed to sign in Dallas, and then changed his mind a few days later and returned to the Clippers following #EmojiGate. He managed to get both teams fined in the process — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for talking about it before he was officially signed and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for allegedly offering him an endorsement deal with Lexus as part of the pitch to return.
After all of this, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jordan is parting ways with his agent, Dan Fegan of Relativity Sports:
DeAndre Jordan’s seemingly never-ending summer saga has taken another twist — the Clippers center has parted ways with his representatives at Relativity Sports, The Times has learned.
Jordan informed agents Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana last week that he was moving “in another direction,” said an NBA official not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Turner points out that this is the third time in seven seasons as a pro that Jordan has changed agents. It’s more common than you think — we just hear about it when it’s someone high profile. After the PR disaster of this summer, it’s not surprising to see Jordan decide to leave his current representation again. He can’t sign with another agent for 15 days; it will be interesting to see where he goes next.
Chuck Hayes is the kind of veteran big man fans should want on their team. He brings leadership, good defense in the post, strength on the glass, he sets solid screens, and he just hustles everywhere on the court. Teammates love playing with him.
Clipper fans should be happy.
After Hayes’ deal with Houston had fallen apart, he has turned around and reached terms with the Los Angeles Clippers, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
This is officially a make good, non-guaranteed deal. The Clippers have 14 guaranteed contracts already, so there is space for one more deal on the roster.
Doc Rivers the GM has had a good summer and this is another part of that.
Obviously, the Clippers will start Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan up front. But now behind them there is Josh Smith, Cole Aldrich, and Hayes. That means Rivers can rest his stars more — maybe even throw in some nights off — and know he has solid veterans who will make plays behind them.
This is another move that puts the Clippers right up there with the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, and Thunder as legit title contenders come out of the West. And the Clippers are as deep as any of them.