Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Thursday he would reveal all he knows about the DeAndre Jordan saga sometime in the future.
"There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours," Cuban said in a CyberDust app message that was screen shotted by Dallas-area NBA beat reporters and distributed online. "I don't think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that he never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night.”
The Mavericks owner couldn’t even bring himself to name Jordan in his message, which was sent Thursday morning just hours after the player reneged on his verbal agreement to sign with Dallas.
Later Thursday night, Cuban spoke about he's handling the situation while at an event at the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
"The conversation we've had today is that it's over,” said Cuban. “You know, there's nothing you can do about it. You think for a second, ‘Is there anything I can change?’ You think for another second, ‘What have I learned so I can do it differently next time?’ And then you move forward and say ‘What are our options?’”
Wednesday’s bizarre and surreal drama largely played out online, with reports of Jordan’s cold feet being reported midday. That was followed by a flurry of tweets from Clippers players indicating they were headed to meet with Jordan.
Jordan wound up meeting with Clippers players and management at his Houston-area home and signing a contract late Wednesday night to stay in Los Angeles.
It was a devastating flip by Jordan and left the Mavericks in a tough spot as free agency officially got underway in the NBA.
Cuban went on to say in his Thursday CyberDust message that another previously committed player would still be headed to Dallas.
"More importantly, I specifically told [Wesley Matthews] that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere. I can't print his exact response, but suffice to say he is excited to play for our Mavs:) Wes Matthews is exactly the kind of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him,” Cuban wrote.
"He will be in Dallas today so if you see him give him an MFFL welcome."
Attorney Darrell W. Cook, who is not affiliated with the Mavs or the NBA, says it makes all the difference that Jordan’s verbal agreement with the Mavs was during the NBA’s moratorium, when no contracts could be signed.
“An oral contract is a contract and can be enforced normally,” said Cook. “However, the NBA operates under the collective bargaining agreement, which governs the relationship between teams and players...the collective bargaining agreement supersedes everything else, and Mr. Jordan is held to no standard of conduct.”