DeAndre Jordan was fully within his rights to change his mind, backing out of his verbal agreement to go to the Dallas Mavericks and instead re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.
But it wasn’t handled professionally.
For that, Jordan took to Twitter to apologize on Friday.
That was the right thing to do. I take him at his word that he means it, however he has reportedly not reached out to Mark Cuban personally yet to apologize.
It’s also largely going to fall on deaf ears — he will be enemy No. 1 in Dallas for a while. He has supplanted Dexter Manley for that title.
Chandler Parsons, who worked hard on recruiting Jordan to Dallas, was none too forgiving recently.
“He wasn’t ready for being a franchise player. He was scared,” Parsons said. “He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.”
Jordan did the right thing by apologizing, but that pretty much sums up how everyone in Dallas feels about Jordan now. The Clippers, already a team plenty of people around the league disliked, have climbed another notch or two on that ladder.