DeAndre Jordan was the biggest story of NBA free agency, backing out of a verbal commitment to sign a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.
He posted a video on The Players Tribune, detailing what he described as nine or 10 days of intense pressure.
"Originally I said yes to the Mavericks because I thought I needed change — I thought I wanted change at the time," Jordan said. "I decided to stay with the Clippers because I‘ve been with this team for seven years. Being with one team my entire career was important. I‘ve been with this team since I was 19."
Jordan said he continually thought about what it "really meant to be home."
That‘s when he decided the best place for him to continue his career was Los Angeles.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that came to Jordan‘s Houston home the night before free agents could officially sign contracts. Jordan did not inform the Mavericks of his change of heart directly. At midnight, he committed to a four-year deal with the Clippers.
Blake Griffin, Jordan‘s close confidant and teammate, wrote in a separate piece that his intention that night at Jordan‘s residence was to make sure Jordan was happy. That didn‘t mean selling the Clippers.
"We promised each other a long time ago that we‘d never do that stuff," Griffin wrote.