By now you know the deal, but if you want to relive it all, here’s everything that happened when the news broke in the afternoon, here’s everything that happened at night (the meeting and eventual signing), and here’s Mark Cuban calling out Chris Broussard.
Now that we have all of that stuff out of the way, let’s talk basketball. This story has rocked our Twitter timelines for the last couple of days, but now that Jordan has put ink to paper with the Clippers, it leaves us with three huge questions.
1. What does this mean for the Clippers?
This is the easy one, because L.A. is the obvious huge winner here. They upgraded to Paul Pierce at SF, they gambled on Lance Stephenson as firepower off the bench, but none of that meant anything unless DeAndre Jordan returned. He was gone, and now he’s not.
The re-signing clearly makes the Clippers one of three favorites in the west (probably behind the Spurs and Warriors in whichever order you want). No need to waste more time on this one.
2. What does this mean for the Mavericks?
Welp, this sucks. I’m sorry, Mavs, but there’s no way to spin this. Your future is screwed.
Cuban went on to sign vets like Wes Matthews and J.J. Barea with plans of winning right away. He also said had he not landed Matthews and DJ he would have tanked next season. Sooo, I guess Dallas will be tanking? Seriously, what the HELL do they do now?
There are no free agents left, so that leaves two options. Play it out with what you’ve got, or blow it up. The second option would likely have to mean trading Dirk (something Cuban has said he’d never do) or Chandler Parsons. We’re now talking about trading Dirk because of what DeAndre did. That’s how bad this is.
Of course, there’s a sneaky third option. Why not just pull a “DeAndre” on other teams? The Lakers think they have a trade for Roy Hibbert in place? Ok, Cuban will now offer more. Has Robin Lopez officially signed with the Knicks? Maybe Cuban offers a few extra million. I doubt this happens, but would anybody blame Cuban for thinking about it? Not me.
3. What does this mean for the NBA?
This is the most important question for two reasons — the domino effect it has on free agency, and the fact that these “agreements” mean nothing until pen goes to paper.
Here are all the big men who committed to teams after DeAndre Jordan verbally agreed to the Mavericks last week. pic.twitter.com/RPFlfDcK3L— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 9, 2015
Are we sure some of these signings don’t change if Jordan announces he’s going to the Clippers on Friday? I’m not convinced. The Clippers and Mavericks are impacted most directly, but this trickles down to every other team in one way or another. The entire league hinges on decisions like this.
However, the biggest overall issue is this: How do we solve this problem? How do we fix the rule that allows there to be nothing wrong with a confused 26-year old making a pressure decision and having so much time to reverse it?
This is easy, actually. Get rid of this nine-day moratorium period. Why do we need it? Just have your meetings and sign with a team. Instances like this have even happened before (Carlos Boozer and Elton Brand come to mind), but it was all pre-Twitter. Now Jordan is the prime example of an athlete bailing on an agreement and signing elsewhere. But since an example has been made of someone, the league isn’t going to want this to happen again. This rule is going to change.
Learn from this and move on, NBA.
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