Los Angeles Clippers ownership, management and players descended upon Houston on Wednesday and secured a commitment from free-agent center DeAndre Jordan to re-sign with the Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Jordan has changed course on an agreement to sign a four-year, $80 million-plus deal with the Dallas Mavericks, a commitment that Jordan began to waver on in recent days, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Clippers coach and president Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer won't leave the house, awaiting 12:01 a.m. ET time when they can sign him to a five-year contract worth more than $110 million, league sources said. The Mavericks have been unable to contact Jordan throughout the afternoon and evening on Wednesday and have abandoned pursuit of Jordan and turned to alternative options with the $20 million-plus it has in salary-cap space, league sources told Yahoo.
The Clippers' contigent had a short meeting with Jordan on Wednesday afternoon, when it became clear they didn't need to sell him hard on reneging on his commitment to the Mavericks, sources said. He had already decided to return to the Clippers. Before long, it was clear Jordan was committed to re-signing and some visitors started to play card games for the rest of the evening. Jordan's mother ordered out food for her Clippers guests, too, a source said.
Jordan had agreed in principle to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Mavericks on July 3, but reached out in the past 48 hours to Rivers and expressed uncertainty about his decision to choose Dallas, league sources said. That started the chain of events that led to the Clippers traveling to Houston to meet with Jordan on Wednesday, sources said.
Rivers converged on Houston with Ballmer and a group of players that included Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce and J.J. Redick to meet with Jordan – without the presence of Jordan's agents at Relativity Sports.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban traveled to Houston on Wednesday to meet with Jordan, but it's unclear whether he'll get the opportunity, sources said.