DeAndre Jordan expressed regret Friday evening on Twitter for not informing Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban two days earlier of his decision to back out of a commitment to Cuban’s team and re-sign with the Clippers.
“I want to publicly apologize to one of the best owners in the world @MCuban, the @DallasMavs and their fans,” tweeted Jordan, who signed a four-year, $87.6-million contract with the Clippers late Wednesday night in Houston.
He added in a second tweet, “I am humbled by @DallasMavs & @MCuban kindness and understanding. I am sorry to have a change of heart.”
Jordan was vacationing in the Caribbean at the time of his tweets, far removed from the chaos of the previous few days when he essentially cut off contact with Cuban after deciding to renege on his verbal pledge to sign a four-year contract with the Mavericks.
Cuban outlined his version of events Friday on his messaging app Cyber Dust, writing that he had traveled to Jordan's Houston home on Tuesday after hearing that Jordan was reconsidering his commitment.
Cuban wrote that he drove to Jordan’s home only to find it vacant. So Cuban texted Jordan, he wrote, telling him he was there and wanted to talk. Jordan texted back saying he was on a date and Cuban offered to stop by to say hello or take Jordan and his date back to Dallas for a night out.
Jordan, Cuban wrote, did not respond, so he left Jordan’s house and returned to his hotel.
“He knew I was in town,” Cuban wrote. “He knew I was close by. I knew something was up. I was getting the same reports that everyone else was. I also knew his agents were coming to town. It made sense that he would talk 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.”