After leading the recruiting campaign to land DeAndre Jordan, no one in the Dallas Mavericks organization is feeling as jolted by Jordan's return to the Los Angeles Clippers than Chandler Parsons.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban is kind of mad too, though.
Jordan made a verbal commitment to sign with the Dallas Mavericks last week, only to ditch those plans to re-sign with the Clippers on Thursday.
The Mavericks small forward could only offer one explanation for the center going back on his initial word.
"This is something that I've never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn't happen very often," Parsons told ESPN 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.
"He wasn't ready to be a franchise player. He was scared," Parsons added. "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 [Cuban] who is in your home town just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me."
Parsons believes that Jordan will continue playing well with Clippers teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and that he'll remain friends with DJ, but the fact that he passed on the chance of being the man in Dallas is something that "never in a million years did I think that this was even a possibility."
Cuban said when the time is right, he will detail everything that happened over the course of 48 hours that led to Jordan reneging on his verbal agreement to join the Mavs on a four-year, $80 million max deal.
Without Jordan, the desperate Mavs landed veteran big man Zaza Pachulia for a future second-round pick in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
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