Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he visited DeAndre Jordan's Houston-area home on Wednesday before the center began ignoring his messages and ultimately went back on his agreement to sign with Dallas.
While the Jordan saga, which included an emoji war and a chair against a door, was unfolding, ESPN reporter Chris Broussard reported that Cuban was driving frantically, trying to get to the free-agent big man's address so he could talk him into honoring his commitment to the Mavericks. Cuban later refuted that report.
"You post any proof I was calling/texting his friends asking anything I give 100k to charity of yr choice," the eccentric owner tweeted at Broussard.
On Friday, in a blast to followers on his privacy-minded text-messaging app Cyber Dust, Cuban gave his version of events.
Below is a transcript of his message taken down by The Sporting News:
"Dear Mavs fans,
"After all the nonsense coming from an ESPN employee on twitter, I thought I would provide the events of the day on Tuesday.
"Through all of Monday we were texting back and forth discussing players available, the amount of cap room we had left. Who our staff liked. Who he liked. How excited he was.
"Then on Tuesday the communications basically stopped and we started hearing rumblings from multiple people that something was up.
"So I flew down to Houston and got a room at the galleria, which is just a few minutes from his house I had my driver take me to his house. It's inside a small gated community but the gate was wide open. So we drove in and I literally walked up to his door.
"There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let's talk. He texted me that he was on a date.
"I told him to have fun. I wasn't in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out.
"He didn't respond.
"After about 10 mintues I went back to the hotel. I wasn't going to sit in front of his house. I didn't think that was right.
"When I got back to the hotel I texted him that I wasn't in front of his house. Have fun on his date and we will talk.
"He hit me back immediately saying thanks.
"He knew I was in town. He knew I was close by. I knew something was up. I was getting the same reports 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.
"More to come.
"And for those who care. I like this medium because it's like having a face to face conversation. I can say what I want. No trolls. I can reach any size audience. And respond to people easily."
Ultimately, Jordan never called Cuban back and signed a four-year deal worth $88 million with the Clippers instead of the Mavericks.