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The entire Dallas Mavericks organization is obviously not happy about DeAndre Jordan backing out of his verbal commitment with them last minute to re-sign with the Clippers. The thing that hurts them most is the way he did it too. Jordan reportedly did not return any calls or text messages to the Mavs while the Clippers were at his home in Houston.
Chandler Parsons was heavily recruiting Jordan to the Mavs and called him out in the media questioning his ethics and even saying he was afraid to be a franchise player. Via ESPN:
“This is something that I’ve never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn’t happen very often,” Parsons told ESPN.com on Thursday. “When a man gives you his word and an organization his word, especially when that organization put in so much effort and I walked him through this process and was very, very open and willing to work with him, it’s just very unethical and disrespectful.”
Jordan made his initial decision to sign with Dallas instead of staying with the Clippers last Friday morning, informing Mavs owner Mark Cuban and Parsons at his home in suburban Los Angeles. Parsons first learned Monday from Cuban that Jordan might be having second thoughts.
“He wasn’t ready to be a franchise player. He was scared,” Parsons said. “He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.
“I don’t think he made a mistake. I think he’ll be good in L.A. He’s got a good team, he’s got a great point guard, he’s got Blake, but I think he could have been a superstar in Dallas. He could have been the man in Dallas. Never in a million years did I think that this was even a possibility.