The Dallas Mavericks thought they had a free-agent deal with DeAndre Jordan. But the All-NBA Third Team centre got cold feet and went back to the Los Angeles Clippers instead. This Wednesday (8:00 PM ET, ESPN), fans at the AAC get their first chance to let Jordan know how they feel.
It’s been a difficult transition for the Mavs (3-3 SU and ATS). They had to scramble to put Plan B into effect during the offseason, trading a second-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for centre Zaza Pachulia, and signing free-agent point guard Deron Williams on the cheap to join shooting guard Wes Matthews in the backcourt. Pachulia and Williams have both played very well for the Mavs, but Matthews is still trying to shake off the effects of last year’s torn Achilles tendon.
Jordan, meanwhile, is off to another strong start for Los Angeles (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS). He, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are playing lights-out basketball, but new additions like Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce have struggled. The Clippers have dropped the cash in four of their last five games since beating Dallas 104-88 as 12-point home favourites; Williams and Matthews did not play for the Mavs that day.