Dallas Mavericks: Five things to think about after DeAndre Jordan deal
By Kohl Rast
5. The front office knew something early
Tampering has become a bit of a funny thing in the NBA. After Magic Johnson was fined big money for supposed tampering involving Paul George last season, it has been a bit of an inside joke throughout NBA circles. These tampering violations are generally enforced during the regular season, but it does not seem that the time leading up to free agency is enforced very much.
About 15 minutes before the clock was supposed to start on free agency, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports both began to tweet out multiple deals that had reportedly been struck. The teams weren’t even supposed to have been in communication up to this point.
Now I know that all of these teams have “unofficial” spokesman that go and chat with the players but still, this year seemed especially bad with all the deals taking place before the clock was set. The NBA could ver likely be looking into all this in the upcoming weeks.
For the Mavs, the Jordan deal has been rumored for sometime but there were very few people reporting it as a likely deal. There was mutual interest but that doesn’t mean a lot between these two parties.
The Mavs also had the opportunity to talk to DeAndre before free agency because of the trade talks with the Clippers. Since the trade hinged on whether or not Jordan was a Clipper still by the time free agency started, DJ had to be involved in the talks. For this reason, it is not surprising at least for Dallas that they knew what was going on early. Still, the monetary information for the deal came out really quick.
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This is a pretty exciting day for the Mavs, who landed another piece for the upcoming season and built on to an already exciting roster. Games are going to be extra exciting this year and it will be fun to see just how the roster shapes out in the upcoming days.