Instead the superstar power forward was taking batting practice with the Dodgers.
Jordan snubbed a five-year maximum deal for $108 million with the Clippers to play for Dallas, where he'd have a bigger offensive role not playing behind Griffin and Chris Paul. Jordan agreed to sign with the Mavericks on Friday for four years with a player option after the third.
The 26-year-old, who had played with the Clippers for his entire seven-season career, was impressed that Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki come off family vacation for a meeting in L.A. with Jordan. None of Jordan's Clippers teammates were present at his meeting with the team on Thursday.
Jordan and Griffin have long been good friends. They had a very playful relationship and would often make faces at each other or silly comments during interviews with reporters.
The center's departure is a big blow to the Clippers, who were on the verge of making the Western Conference finals for the first time in their 45-year existence this past season before they blew a 3-1 series lead to lose to the Houston Rockets in the second round.
This past season Jordan had career highs in points (11.5), field goal percentage (71%), and rebounds (15). He also had four 20-20 performances, in which he had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.