Live look at Clipper nation...
Hey when the majority of the league already hates you, why not break the most sacred of unwritten rules? Doc Rivers and Steve Ballmer must have graduated from the 'Bill Belicheck School Of Ethics'. You think the Patriots regret taking the air out of a few footballs now that they have another Super Bowl trophy? Bet your ass if DeAndre Jordan changes his mind and turns the Clippers back into a title contender all scrutiny they will undoubtedly receive, and there will be a TON of it, will be totally worth it. That's how much DeAndre's presence means to the Clippers. Better late than never I suppose. Sure, Chris Paul could have left his vacation and joined negotiations BEFORE Jordan decided to sign in Dallas. I suppose the presence of DeAndre's best friend, Blake Griffin, could have been in instrumental BEFORE he decided to unofficially leave the Clippers. However, nothing is official until pen hits paper, and it's pretty apparent that Jordan's signing hand is still pretty uneasy.
Do you think that after all of the lip service to his role in the offense and all the fanfare of being wined and dined by the Mavericks, DeAndre just looked at the situation and he realized he would be used the same exact way on a worse team? I think from the beginning of the process it was pretty clear he just wanted to be wanted. He didn't just want a max contract, he wanted the spoils of being coveted as much as others that have signed a max contract. Now, more than likely Jordan is still going to be a Maverick, but the fact that he is unsure about his decision is the least surprising news ever. There are a ton of reasons to stay in LA. From an unbiased point of view, remaining a Clipper makes more logical sense. However, it's tough to think logically when you have one of the most influential people in the world in Mark Cuban giving you an in-depth sales pitch.
Pull the friend card Blake! Play nice Chris Paul! Give him that giddy enthusiasm we all can't help but love Ballmer! Tell him you'll run plays for him Doc! Show him your championship ring Pierce! Anything to get that big, beautiful, offensively limited bastard back in Los Angeles! I fully admit that this is one of the scummiest moves in sports history, but sometimes it's fun to root for the bad guy. The Clippers with Jordan once again manning the middle would make one hell of a villain!
P.S. It was only a matter of time before the whole concept of waiting a week before contracts could officially be signed came back to bite the NBA in the ass. Then again, maybe they love the publicity. With how quickly the free agent pool dried up, two teams battling to the last possibly second for a player is a fantastic way to keep the NBA in the news cycles. It doesn't matter how many coaches and General Managers are angered by the Clippers tactics as long as it is good for the league as a whole.