LOOKS LIKE THE CLIPPERS ARE NOT SO SCREWED AFTER ALL!
According to reports from the Los Angeles Times and other sources, DeAndre Jordan, the NBA’s reigning rebounding and shot percentage champion, will remain a Clipper as he apparently had a change of heart after verbally agreeing to a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers, and stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul as well as new Clipper (and longtime veteran star & L.A. native) Paul Pierce went to Jordan’s home in Houston, TX on Wednesday to convince him to continue playing his home games at Staples Center, and stayed through midnight, the NBA’s designated time that free agents can officially sign with teams, to stave of attempts by Dallas owner Mark Cuban to bring Jordan to his team.
Apparently it didn’t take that much convincing for Jordan to remain in SoCal as he reportedly had second thoughts after his verbal agreement to a four-year contract for $80 million to become one of Cuban’s Mavericks, as he resigned with L.A. to the tune of four years and $87.6 million.
Bill Plaschke, the L.A. Times’ sports columnist, had this to say about these developments in today’s edition:
“One moment, (the Clippers) are without a center and without hope, the NBA’s biggest off-season disappointment. Now they are among the NBA’s biggest off-season winners, retaining their rim protector and rebounder while adding potential star Lance Stevenson and ring-bearing veteran Pierce.”
I couldn’t agree more with Plaschke as he nailed it directly on the head.
Now those Clippers, instead of staring at a 2015-16 season fraught with potential frustration, will – along with San Antonio and newly crowned champion Golden State – be considered extremely strong favorites to represent the Western Conference in next year’s NBA Finals.
It certainly promises to be an all-out war with Golden State’s Warriors, who happen to be in the same division.
So much so that I plan to make note of when the four scheduled regular season games between those two in-state rivals will be, and at the very least keep track of those contests if not watch as it’s been a long time since I’ve watched an entire basketball game – from opening tipoff to final buzzer – on TV; too many commercials.
One of the NBA’s leading trifectas, which will remain in place for the next four seasons
And along with everything else, resigning Jordan secures and reinforces the Clippers’ standing as the rulers of SoCal pro basketball over their across-the-hall rival Lakers.
Having won 11 of the last 12 games between the two clubs, including a 4-0 series sweep last season (and in 2012-13), this all but assures that the recent one-sided Clipper dominance will continue.
Now all the Clippers have to do is to make sure that Paul and Jordan come to an understanding and get along on the court, for that will be among the essential keys to the team’s potential.
And do something about those new red and black alternative jerseys.
Here’s a preview of what Clipper Nation will see for the next four years, thanks to YouTube: