DeAndre Jordan takes to Twitter to apologize to Mavs owner Mark Cuban

DeAndre Jordan has taken some heat for not calling Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to tell him he had changed his mind about signing with the Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers.

Jordan has taken to Twitter to apologize to Cuban for the way things end up going.

 

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Clippers make the signing of small forward Paul Pierce official

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Paul Pierce/Photo courtesy of Washington Wizards

 

The Clippers on Friday officially announced the signing of small forward Paul Pierce. The contract is reported to be for three years for roughly $10 million.

Pierce is being reunited with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who was the head coach at Boston from 2004-13. Pierce began his career with the Celtics in 1998 and played for them for 15 seasons before playing for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14 and the Washington Wizards this past season.

Rivers and Pierce won an NBA title together in 2008.

Pierce, who is 6-foot-7, has career scoring and rebounding averages of 20.7 and 5.8, respectively. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 2014-15.

Pierce is 37 and will be 38 on Oct. 13. He prepped at Inglewood High.

It’s the third signing this week for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan re-signed on Thursday, and Wesley Johnson also signed on Thursday.

Johnson averaged 9.1 and 9.9 points the past two seasons, respectively, for the Lakers. Johnson, a 6-7 small forward, will turn 28 on Saturday.

 

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Mark Cuban details Wednesday’s events from his perspective

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Mark Cuban/AP file photo by Carolyn Kaster

 

Here is a message from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban from his Cyber Dust account as transcribed by The Sporting News. It details what Cuban says transpired from his part on Wednesday as he tried – to no avail – to speak with DeAndre Jordan, who eventually backed out of a verbally agreed to contract with the Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers. Cuban’s message seemed a response to ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, who Wednesday tweeted that Cuban was driving around Houston on Wednesday, calling people to try to find out where Jordan lived.

 

 

Dear Mavs fans,

After all the nonsense coming from an ESPN employee on twitter, I thought I would provide the events of the day on Tuesday.

Through all of Monday we were texting back and forth discussing players available, the amount of cap room we had left. Who our staff liked. Who he liked. How excited he was.

Then on Tuesday the communications basically stopped and we started hearing rumblings from multiple people that something was up.

So I flew down to Houston and got a room at the galleria, which is just a few minutes from his house I had my driver take me to his house. It’s inside a small gated community but the gate was wide open. So we drove in and I literally walked up to his door.

There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let’s talk. He texted me that he was on a date.

I told him to have fun. I wasn’t in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out.

He didn’t respond.

After about 10 mintues I went back to the hotel. I wasn’t going to sit in front of his house. I didn’t think that was right.

When I got back to the hotel I texted him that I wasn’t in front of his house. Have fun on his date and we will talk.

He hit me back immediately saying thanks.

He knew I was in town. He knew I was close by. I knew something was up. I was getting the same reports everyone else was.

I also knew his agents were coming to town. It made sense that he would talk to them and worst case, even if he was having second thoughts the agent would be able to give me updates.

Like any big career move it’s natural to have second thoughts. So while I was concerned, I still wasn’t worried. SO I went to bed.

More to come.

And for those who care. I like this medium because it’s like having a face to face conversation. I can say what I want. No trolls. I can reach any size audience. And respond to people easily.

Broussard on Friday morning apologized for his Wednesday post on his TwitLonger account:

“Regarding my Wednesday report: I should have attempted to contact Mark Cuban before I reported what my sources were telling me. I always try to carry myself with honestly and integrity both personally and professionally. I recognize that I tweeted hastily, I’m sorry for it, and I will learn from my mistake.”

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Doc Rivers likes the moratorium period just the way it is now

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Free agents could be offered contracts July 1. But they couldn’t sign them until the clock struck midnight on July 9 Eastern time.

DeAndre Jordan on Friday, July 3, verbally agreed to a 4-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. He backed out of that late Wednesday night and at 12:01 Eastern time, he re-signed with the Clippers.

During a conference call Thursday, coach Doc Rivers was asked if he thought the moratorium time between when players could accept and then sign contracts should be changed. Rivers at first was funny.

“I think it’s great now,” he said. “I mean, what kind of a question is that?”

Then he got serious.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I do think guys need time. People, you know, they make this decision and make it seem like it’s so easy for anybody to make. These are career decisions that young people are making, and career financial decisions people are making. If the ebb and flow goes back and forth where a guy decides and then undecides and then changes his mind and goes back, that’s life.

“It happens every day in business, and it happens in our business. The difference, if you’re the team the guy committed to first, it’s a tough seven days. I’ve been through that; or eight days, or whatever it is.”

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Doc Rivers not worried about scorn DeAndre Jordan could face

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In this world of haters – both those attending sporting events as well as those on Twitter – one has to wonder how much disdain DeAndre Jordan is going to face in the upcoming season as he and the Clippers make their way around the league. After all, Jordan did back out of a contract to which he verbally agreed with the Dallas Mavericks in order to re-sign with the Clippers.

Coach Doc Rivers on Thursday during a conference call said he is not worried about that.

“No, I think he gets heckled enough anyway,” Rivers said. “I don’t think we’re worried about that. When you’re on the road, you’re probably going to get booed and heckled as a group and the better you are, the more it’s going to happen.

“Listen, I played for the Knicks back when we were the bad boys of physicality. I played with the Celtics, which, other than the Boston people, people don’t love. That’s part of the game. I’m sure there will be some. There will be some at me and at Chris (Paul) and at Jamal (Crawford) and DJ and at Blake (Griffin) for whatever other reasons. That’s just sports. But that’s separate than the haters.”

Rivers talked about the social media aspect of all this. Jordan has taken his share of heat on Twitter since changing his mind and leaving the Mavericks and their owner – Mark Cuban – out in the cold.

“I think what the internet has done is make a lot of people brave because they’re faceless,” Rivers said. “Growing up in the league, when I grew up, everyone that wrote something was there every day. That’s why I appreciate all the beat guys that are there every day. They don’t have to agree with me every day, they have to take my crap at times, but at least they show their face.”

But, seriously, can you imagine what it’s going to be like the first time the Clippers play at Dallas? Wow!

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Doc Rivers to speak with reporters regarding DeAndre Jordan saga

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Coach Doc Rivers on Thursday afternoon will play host to a conference call with reporters to talk about the zany day that was Wednesday, a day of events that led to DeAndre Jordan backing out of his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks to stay with the Clippers.

Jordan signed on the dotted line just after 9 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. His new contract with Los Angeles is for four years and some $84 million.

Jordan has played all seven years of his career with the Clippers.

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