Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in a Cyber Dust message that he and DeAndre Jordan were discussing other potential free agent acquisitions as recently as Monday before the Clippers big man went into silent mode. By Wednesday night, it became clear that Jordan, who had committed on Friday to join the Mavericks as a free agent, planned to renege on the agreement and return to Los Angeles.
Cuban's account indicates that Jordan was involved in specific planning for free agency and serves as a counterpoint to reports that suggested the decision to join Dallas was entirely driven by his agent, Dan Fegan. Here's the full message (thanks to Kenny Ducey).
"Dear Mavs fans,
After all the nonsense coming from an ESPN employee on twitter, I thought I would provide the events of the day on tuesday.
Through all of Monday we were texting back and forth discussing players available , the amount of cap room we had left. Who our staff liked. Who he liked. How excited he was.
Then on Tuesday, the communications basically stopped and we started hearing rumblings from multiple people that something was up.
So I flew down to Houston and got a room at the galleria , which is just a few minutes from his house. I had my driver take me to his house. It's inside a small gated community but the gate was wide open So we drove in and I literally walked up to his door .
There was no one home . So I texted him saying that I was there . I know something is up. Let's talk . He texted me that I was on a date.
I told him to have fun. I wasn't in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out
He didn't respond .
After about 10 minutes I went back to the hotel. I wasn't going to sit in front of the house. I didn't think that was right.
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 .
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 take to them and worst case, even if he was having second thoughts the agent would be able to give me updates.
Like any big career move it's natural to have second thoughts. So while I was concerned, I still wasn't worried. So I went to bed.
More to come."
The Cyber Dust message also provides further details contradicting anonymous sources from ESPN's Chris Broussard, who laughably asserted Wednesday night that Cuban was driving around Downtown Houston begging Jordan's family members in text messages for the address to his home.
After flying to Houston and driving to Jordan's house, Jordan told him via text message that he was on a date and wasn't at home, Cuban said. The Mavs owner returned to his Galleria hotel where he apparently saw the same reports on Jordan's state of mind as the rest of the public.