Basketball fans are up in arms. Free agent DeAndre Jordan backed out on his verbal agreement to join the Dallas Mavericks, and instead, will rejoin the Los Angeles Clippers.
The decision comes despite Jordan agreeing to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Mavericks last week.
Jordan would have become the biggest free-agent acquisition in franchise history. Some Mavs fans near the American Airlines Arena shared their thoughts on the topic.
From The Dallas Morning News:
Jordan [was] reportedly holed up in his Houston home, refusing to take the Mavericks’ phone calls.
Meanwhile, sources said, several of Jordan’s Clippers teammates and coach Doc Rivers were in Jordan’s home, practically guarding against Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, forward Chandler Parsons and even Jordan’s own agents from entering. A large Clippers contingent had flown in early Wednesday to woo Jordan back.
This isn’t the first time a player has backed out of a deal with the Mavs. In 2012, Jason Kidd agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract with the team, only to change his mind and join the New York Knicks.
Basketball fans took to Twitter to unleash their frustration:
— jerrod (@jerrodis4ever) July 9, 2015
So what should fans chant at DeAndre Jordan when he shoots free throws or touches the ball, "scumbag", "spineless", or "hostage"? #Clippers
— E.J. Riv (@_E_J_) July 9, 2015
@deandrejordan6 I hope your Netflix gets cancelled
— Jillian Ochoa (@Jillyyyfish) July 9, 2015
Others sympathized with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who negotiated the deal with Jordan.
— Russ (@MrNaylorCEO) July 9, 2015
mark cuban looked like a fool last night doin all that over deandre Jordan
— Jaxx .T (@_KingDex) July 9, 2015
If the situation is confusing to those who don’t follow the NBA, FoxSports explained the drama in emoji:
The DeAndre Jordan Story: https://t.co/cJVFWsPP1G
— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive) July 9, 2015
For more Jordan news, ESPN has more details.
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