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NBA Free Agency: DeAndre Jordan Screws Dallas

After a day of emoji battles and a night of card games, Jordan goes back on his word and inks a deal with the Clippers

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DeAndre Jordan, never welcome in Dallas again.

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It’s safe to say DeAndre Jordan isn’t a popular man in Dallas right now.

Last week, Jordan made a verbal commitment to join the Mavericks, to the tune of a four-year max contract – a humongous loss for the Clippers, who would’ve been left high and dry without many options to replace their defensive anchor. But Jordan reportedly felt pressured into making the decision, and thus made an impromptu phone call to Doc Rivers a few days later to let him know he was having cold feet.

From that point on, nothing was the same. And everything was in play.

On Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the NBA’s moratorium period was over, madness ensued, as members of the Clippers and Mavericks flocked to Houston to try and woo Jordan all over again. Because the Mavericks already received a verbal commitment from the big man, the Clippers’ attempts to win him back – though not in violation of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement – rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Nevertheless, they didn’t seem too concerned about giving Mark Cuban the middle finger because, well, they had everything to gain and little to lose.

Making the journey to Jordan’s home in Houston were the likes of the Mavs’ Chandler Parsons and Clippers J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin, Paul Pierce and Chris Paul, all of which played out in real time, via the weirdest emoji battle in NBA history.

Somehow, the madness didn’t stop there.

The meeting between the Clippers and Jordan was basically over before it began, and the rest of the night was filled with playing cards and video games while barricading the house from Cuban and Parsons until 12:01 a.m. Thursday – the exact moment free agents could sign their new deals. Jordan wouldn’t even take phone calls from the Mavericks owner (what if all he wanted was to rent DeAndre a grandma?!?), and Griffin couldn’t help but make light of the whole situation.

After all that, Jordan is a Clipper once again and has a new, $88 million contract to show for it. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are left with their tail between their legs, scrambling for ways to avoid tanking in the twilight of Dirk Nowitzki’s legendary career. Oh, and Mavs Nation certainly knows who they’ll be booing the shit out of next season.

Welcome to NBA free agency, folks!

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