A contingent of
Jordan agreed on Friday to sign a four-year, $80-million contract with the Mavericks, but the commitment does not become formal until Jordan signs with the team, something that cannot happen until 9:01 p.m. PDT Wednesday.
The Clippers contingent included Rivers, team owner Steve Ballmer and players Blake Griffin,
One league executive with knowledge of the Clippers’ thinking said they were “hopeful” they could bring him back to the only
Jordan sparked the Clippers' aggressive push to woo him back after he reached out to Rivers on Monday night, according to a league official.
ESPN first reported Jordan's indecision about his destination and the Clippers' efforts to get him to reconsider his commitment.
The Clippers had long made it clear that keeping Jordan would be the focal point of their free-agency plans, and they appeared to have increased their odds of retaining him after trading for
Jordan also was expected to meet Wednesday with Dallas owner
Parsons touched off a Twitter war of emojis when he tweeted one of an airplane, suggesting he was en route to meet with Jordan. That prompted the Clippers' Redick to respond with a car emoji since he presumably could have driven to Houston from his home in Austin, Texas.
Things were just starting to get creative. Griffin tweeted emojis of an airplane, a helicopter and a car. Paul joined the fun when he tweeted emojis of a banana and a boat, a reference to the banana boat he rode earlier this week in the Bahamas. Clippers assistant coach
A league executive said the Clippers were not happy that the Mavericks were granted a dinner with Jordan in addition to a formal pitch meeting once the free-agency process started last week.
Jordan has not commented publicly since making his commitment. His Twitter profile still shows a picture of him dunking in a Clippers jersey.
One league source described the Mavericks as "nervous" about the possibility that Jordan would change his mind.