The situation with DeAndre Jordan bailing on the Dallas Mavericks and re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers is basically unprecedented in the modern free agency era. Perhaps that is why Blake Griffin was unsure of how to handle it at first.
Jordan had called Griffin on Monday to say he was having serious misgivings about his decision. He had built a life in Los Angeles. Why was he leaving? Had he just gotten caught up in the frenzy of the recruiting process? Did he really want to be the face of a franchise? Griffin told Jordan he had made a commitment and needed to live up to it. They’d still be friends, regardless of whether they were teammates. But Jordan seemed troubled. Griffin told him he needed to call Rivers if he really wanted to revisit his decision.
At that point, Griffin had already accepted that Jordan had become his former teammate. A handshake agreement during the NBA moratorium period has always been the equivalent of signing a contract, so Griffin probably thought Jordan was just dealing with the jitters of heading to a new city.