Los Angeles Clippers center Deandre Johnson apologized to the Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Friday (July 10) after opting out of a verbal agreement with the team. He ultimately decided to stay with the Clippers.
According to SB Nation, Jordan had agreed to sign a deal with the Mavericks just last week, but on Wednesday, before signing on the dotted line, he changed his mind.
Cuban explained via CyberDust that he could tell that the NBA star was having second thoughts when he had traveled to his house in Houston after noticing that communication with the then-free agent had stopped. He wrote that he even texted Jordan, telling him that he was at his house, but he responded that he was on a date.
"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," Cuban wrote. "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."
This, unfortunately, wasn't the case as Cuban didn't hear from Jordan again until after the ink dried from him re-signing with the Clippers. The four-year deal will earn him $87.7 million dollars.
"Like any big career move, it's natural to have second thoughts," Cuban said. "So while I was concerned, I still wasn't worried. So I went to bed."
The Mavericks recently added hometown hero Deron Williams to the roster with a two-year contract and extended Wesley Matthews' stay for a reported $68 million. The Clippers added Paul Pierce for a reported $10 million, and Wes Johnson.
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