Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has issued his first public comments on the DeAndre Jordan catastrophe, in which the free agent center backed out on an oral agreement with the Mavericks at the last moment to re-sign with the Clippers.
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There will be a time when I detail everything i know regarding the last 48 hours.I don’t think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that [Jordan] never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night.
The second part of the message is about the Mavs’ pursuit of fellow free agent Wesley Matthews, who reportedly took a discounted salary to sign with Dallas on the assumption that Jordan also would sign with the team. On Wednesday, the Oregonian reported that Matthews will sign with Dallas no matter what Jordan decides.
Cuban wrote about Matthews:
More importantly, I specifically told Wes that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go somewhere else. I can’t print his exact response, but suffice it to say he is excited to play for our Mavs:) Wes Matthews is exactly the type of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him.He will be in Dallas today so if you see him give him an MFFL welcome
Cuban also took to Twitter on Thursday morning to profanely dispute a tweet sent out by ESPN’s Chris Broussard on Wednesday night:
“that’s is the dumbest [bad word] Ive ever heard. If you had any ethics u would msg me and I will give u his address,” Cuban tweeted to Broussard.
The ESPN reporter responded in turn.
Of course, Wednesday night, Cuban’s brother Brian also took offense to Broussard’s initial tweet.