A bunch of Los Angeles Clippers flew out to DeAndre Jordan’s offseason home in Houston to convince him to sign with them over the Dallas Mavericks. It turns out they didn’t have much work to do.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the meeting—which supposedly was initiated as a last-ditch, emergency effort to convince Jordan to renege on his verbal commitment to the Mavericks—was short. As in, short and chill enough to get the group playing cards (and video games) after Jordan agreed to stay in L.A.
The group, according to multiple reports, included Clippers coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer, as well as players Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, J.J. Reddick and Griffin.
Yahoo Source: Clippers, DeAndre Jordan meeting was short. It was clear he was returning to them. Then they started to play cards.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 9, 2015
They are also playing video games inside DJ's house. One source who left the meeting said, "It's done. I wouldn't have left if it wasn't."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 9, 2015
Jordan had verbally agreed to a four-year maximum contract worth more than $80 million with the Mavericks, but reportedly contacted Griffin and Rivers on Monday to say he was having second thoughts.
Before long, we had one of the wildest sagas in NBA offseason history: emoji, Griffin tweeting from inside Jordan’s home and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reportedly driving around downtown Houston “beside himself.” And, of course, this card game, which hopefully we’ll hear more about soon.
- Mike Fiammetta