Three years ago, DeAndre Jordan made a verbal commitment to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. The plan was simple: Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan were to be recruited and signed in order to create a three-man foundation with then Maverick, Chandler Parsons. During the recruiting process, Parsons had taken lead and was credited with getting Jordan to commit to signing with Dallas.
Instead, one of the weirdest scenes in NBA history would ultimately play out in the days leading up to Jordan signing his new contract. Led by Chris Paul, Jordan’s Los Angeles Clippers teammates, Blake Griffin, J.J. Reddick, and Paul Pierce proceeded to stage an intervention of sorts, holding up at Jordan’s Houston house and refusing to leave until they’d changed his mind.
Twitter exploded with emojis galore as Parsons, Mark Cuban, and others with the Mavericks organization attempted to get a hold of Jordan, only to literally be locked out of the house and have their calls and texts ignored. The result was Jordan reneging on his Dallas agreement to sign a 5 year max extension with the Clippers.
Since that time, Paul Pierce has retired. J.J. Reddick has signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. Chris Paul then forced a trade to the Houston Rockets. And now, as of yesterday, Blake Griffin has been traded to the Detroit Pistons. The end result is DeAndre Jordan alone in Los Angeles on an empty roster. Numerous reports suggest he may also be dealt before the deadline, but given he has a $24 million player option for next season, it’s hard to say how many teams will be chomping at the bit to get him.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could certainly be desperate enough given their obsession with winning one more title before Lebron James departs in free agency this offseason. Another possibility is, ironically, the Dallas Mavericks. Wouldn’t that be interesting…
Given the utter deterioration of the Nerlens Noel situation, Dallas would greatly benefit from acquiring a top-tier rim-protector and rebounder in Jordan. But can the drama of three years ago really be forgotten? It’s tough to say.
Jordan is averaging 9.3 points and 10.4 boards per game to go along with 1.7 blocks, so his skill set is still plenty strong compared to the 12.7 and 10.3 he averaged three years ago. His blocks are down a little, but given it would only be a two-year commitment at this point, it might not be a bad investment for Dallas to make. Stranger things have happened.
More than likely, it would take time for the fans to embrace Jordan, but the same was true of Deron Williams, albeit to a lesser extent. If Jordan were to come to Dallas and simply let his game and the dirty work he does speak for itself, he’s sure to win over the base. Plus, for Dennis Smith Jr., a pogo-stick-type-athlete and rim-runner like Jordan is just what the doctor ordered. What’s more, his inclusion would solidify two of Dallas’ biggest weaknesses, rebounding and rim-protection.
What do you think? Should Dallas take a flyer on DeAndre Jordan? Or should they look to spend that money elsewhere? Comment below and let us know!