“If you’re not first, you’re last.” — Chris Paul quoting the great Ricky Bobby following a Game 7 loss to the Rockets.
Sounds like DeAndre Jordan feels the same way … and he doesn’t see a first place finish happening for the Clippers.
This didn’t take long … After the Clippers collapsed like a house of cards, we have some rumors swirling … shocking!
Sooo, this is actually some news here. The Clippers don’t have room to do much this offseason if they plan on re-signing Jordan, but this is the first indication that the Clippers may not be the party making the decision here, DJ just may not be interested.
Sources: DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have had falling out throughout season, a fact that could push Jordan to another team in free agency.— Bill Reiter (@sportsreiter) May 18, 2015
This would be a big change in the landscape of the league for two reasons: 1. Obviously, DJ changes teams, and likely gets a max contract to elevate another franchise by adding a difference maker at the most difficult position to fill. 2. The Clippers are forced to blow it up and spend their money on a new look (something called a bench). Both could be pretty good ideas.
I can tell you first hand that Celtics fans have already been freaking out all day, weighing in on Twitter as to whether or not they would sign Jordan (which would be the right move for Boston). According to sources, there is a mutual attraction between DJ and the Mavericks that has something to it.
From the Fox Sports article reference above: “‘Things aren’t good there,’ a league source familiar with the inner workings of the Clippers organization said. Asked if the issues between the two were serious, the source said, ‘Oh yeah. (Jordan) might leave. He really might.'”
Of course, Jordan might just stay in L.A. too, but it sounds like there’s something here. There’s a lot that DeAndre Jordan can’t do on the basketball court, but the things that he can do are VERY difficult to find. If I’m any GM that has the need (which is most) and the cap space (not most), I’m making a play on Jordan this offseason no matter what.
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