The Clippers violated an unwritten rule Wednesday, when the coach, team owner and star players traveled to DeAndre Jordan's hometown of Houston to persuade the free agent center to back out of his commitment with the Dallas Mavericks and return to Los Angeles.
But, hey, it worked.
Jordan signed with the Clippers on Wednesday, reneging on the verbal commitment he had made to the Mavericks on Friday.
It puts the Mavericks in a terrible position, it's frowned upon, but technically there are no formal NBA rules prohibiting a player from backing out of a verbal commitment. In fact, it has happened to the Mavericks before — when point guard Jason Kidd backed out of a commitment to re-sign with the Mavericks in 2013 to play for the New York Knicks.
In the end, the Clippers got to keep their star center, who led the NBA in rebounding (15 per game) and field-goal percentage (71%) last season, and also averaged a career-high 11.5 points a game.
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