DeAndre Jordan lives in Houston, and if he’s smart, he’ll stay there.
Or at least not venture the 225 miles or so to Dallas.
“If I was him,” Yahoo! Sports NBA analyst Marc Spears said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence, “I wouldn’t walk the streets of Dallas right now.”
Jordan, of course, left the Mavericks at the altar this week, jilting Mark Cuban after verbally agreeing to sign a four-year max contract worth $80 million. Instead, after a bizarre social-media saga involving curious tweets and cryptic emojis, Jordan decided to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Will the NBA investigate what exactly happened here, or is it not a big deal because Jordan didn’t break any rules?
“He’s allowed to (do what he did) technically,” Spears said. “He has a moratorium to think about things. He doesn’t find it until he finds it. It almost takes you to college football and basketball signings. I thought we were dealing with SMU and USC for a second, the way it sounded. It’s inevitable that you’re going to have people that get cold feet, but the thing that I had a problem with, if you do (get cold feet), just tell them. This is different than signing a letter of intent. This is signing, agreeing or shaking hands to an $80 million deal in which you’re holding somebody else up, a team up, from doing anything else because you’ve made that commitment. So it really set Dallas back. If he wasn’t interested in them, they could have went after Greg Monroe, maybe got in the Roy Hibbert sweepstakes. There were just other options, other things they could do.
“So to tell them on Friday, ‘Yeah, I’m in,’ and then to not return a call, to not say anything, I guess he still hasn’t even talked to Cuban yet,” Spears continued. “That’s probably the part that bothers me the most. One, I was raised to be a man of your word. And two, if you are getting cold feet, then just let them know. I know it wasn’t an easy to call to make, but as a man or somebody that just has respect, I think it’s what you do. It really took a hit to his reputation to not reach out. People say what they want about Marc Cuban or whatever, but he deserved a phone call.”
Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons called Jordan unethical and said Jordan is “scared” to be a franchise player.
“Well, I mean, he’s not a franchise player,” Spears said. “He doesn’t hit free throws, he doesn’t really have a lot of post moves. He’s an exciting defensive superstar, one of the top defensive players in the league, rebounds extremely well. But his post moves, to me, seem to be alley-hoops and dunks. There’s not really a lot of post-game there unless he’s dunking on somebody. So perhaps he thought about the pressures of coming in (and being the man). There’s a lot that comes with being the man. It’s probably nice to make $20 million and not have the pressure of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. It’s a lot different when you got to answer every day. Maybe that played a role in that, too. Maybe there’s something to what Chandler says as far as him not really wanting to have that spotlight or getting cold feet towards it.”