Former Clippers center DeAndre Jordan inked a four-year, $80 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
According to one report, part of the motivation for leaving Los Angeles for Jordan may have been to get the heck away from Chris Paul. It’s hard to know exactly what their relationship was like beyond what we could see on the court, but if you believe Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com, DJ was fed up with CP3 treating him like crap. More details:
The core of the team had been together for more than three years, and tempers were wearing thin. Jordan and Chris Paul had gotten into it more than once, which led Jordan to start seriously contemplating what it might be like to play elsewhere in 2015-16.
He was tired of Paul’s constant barking and petty gestures, like distributing high-fives to the three other guys on the floor following a timeout but somehow freezing out Jordan. Optics aside, the biggest issue for Jordan was that, despite the leaps and bounds he made to be named first team all-defense, the Clippers always treated him like the player he was when he arrived in the NBA, and never like the player he’d become.