DeAndre Jordan (l.) might still play with J.J. Redick next season.
J.J. Redick didn’t mince words when asked about the Clippers’ offseason moves, giving his team an ‘F-minus’ — but Doc Rivers & Co. are reportedly working overtime to improve their grade, with DeAndre Jordan now “leaning” toward rejoining the squad.
“Listen, we had one priority this summer, and that was to re-sign D.J., and we missed out on that,” Redick told Bleacher Report Radio on Tuesday, referring to DeAndre Jordan verbally agreeing to join the Mavericks. “So barring some miracle, [the] makeup of our team is completely different now.”
Redick added, “Is there an F-minus?”
But Rivers might just be the miracle man, because there’s still a chance that the free-agent center could return to Los Angeles.
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) July 8, 2015
On Monday, Jordan began having second thoughts about picking Dallas, according to ESPN, and called Blake Griffin and Rivers, who then reached out to other teammates. Sources told ESPN that on Wednesday Chris Paul, Paul Pierce and Redick were expected to head to Houston to try to convince him to stay. Jordan also reportedly had dinner with Griffin on Tuesday.
Jordan agreed to a four-year, $ 80-plus million max contract with the Mavs, but a deal can’t be signed until Thursday. Sources told ESPN that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is in Houston to try to retain Jordan, who has promised another face-to-face meeting.
“He was such an integral part of what we did, not just defensively but offensively with his screening, his rolling, his offensive rebounds,” Redick said of Jordan. “So he was a huge part of what we did, and missing out and having him leave for Dallas gives us a failing grade.”
Maybe not for long.
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