Were you expecting Mark Cuban to light the NBA on fire? If so, you don’t know the Dallas Mavericks owner very well. He is both a flashpoint and a voice of reason. The best route is the opposite of whatever you think he’s going to do.
So, DeAndre Jordan hadn’t even taken off the Clippers uniform before he started missing his old pal Blake and was feeling some CP3 love. While he verbally committed to the Mavs, he backed out as of yesterday and signed a four-year deal to stay in Los Angeles.
Yeah, if I were the owner of Mavs, I’d be burning crap to the ground. Cuban’s response? He took to Cyber Dust to reflect on the news.
“There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours. I don’t think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that he never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute, I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night.”
“More importantly, I specifically told [Wesley Matthews] that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere. I can’t print his exact response, but suffice to say he is excited to play for our Mavs:) Wes Matthews is exactly the kind of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him. He will be in Dallas today so if you see him give him an MFFL welcome.”
Cyber Dust is a messaging service that deletes all records once the message has been read. It was founded by the billionaire to take advantage of the messaging app craze.
Before you think he’s all sweet, he did save some ire for Chris Broussard, an ESPN reporter who pissed Cuban off with a series of tweets.
CORRECTION: Sources: Cuban beside himself. Driving around downtown HOUSTON begging (thru texts) Jordan's family 4 address to DeAndre's home
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 9, 2015
Mark Cuban’s response? A classic Cuban tweet:
.@Chris_Broussard that's is the dumbest shit Ive ever heard. If you had any ethics u would msg me and I will give u his address
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 9, 2015
Hey, it beats the emoji war we had to deal with yesterday between the Clippers and Mavericks. And, it’s always fun to see Cuban riled up at reporters.
The Los Angeles Clippers sent its version of HRT to DeAndre’s home in Houston Wednesday to keep his talents in LA. The rescue team included owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce and JJ Reddick.
Most stayed until he could officially sign the contract at 12:01 a.m ET this morning. Is there an over/under on if Pierce called ‘contract?’ It should be called desperation.
The move by Jordan leaves the Mavs in one hell of a bind. Tyson Chandler is gone. All of the big name big men are off the free-agency board. Hell, even Roy Hibbert has been traded to the Lakers.
Where does the team go from here? They could tank for a lottery pick, but it has to be better than seven. If not, the first round pick goes to the Celtics thanks to the Rondo trade.
You can bet when Mark Cuban does speak, he will be voicing his displeasure. And, when the owners meet again? Expect the Mavs to push hard the moratorium be lifted. Free agency signings starting the same day as free agency. If not, I say the Mavs go to war and start blowing up verbal deals.
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