Late last night Deandre Jordan reneged on last week’s decision to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, instead electing to resign with the Los Angeles Clippers. In the weeks and months preceding his final decision rumors swirled about feuds with Chris Paul and or Clippers management. If the Clippers start to struggle tensions could resurface and cause trouble in Clipper Country. Clearly Jordan had some reservations about resigning with his old team.
Deandre’s change of heart coupled with Tyson Chandler’s departure will more than likely result in a few more tallies in the loss column for Cuban’s boys. A few more Mavericks losses could dramatically increase Jazz playoff chances. This is the most obvious reason for positivity in Jazz Nation over the indecision.
Maybe even more exciting is what this reveals about our team. Unlike Deandre Jazz players enjoy being a part of our organization. I mean just look at all the players who were watching Tuesday’s Summer League Game. Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Trevor Booker were all in attendance. Utah is not the kind of place that free agents have typically thought of as a destination and traditionally the state hasn’t attracted big names but our guys want to be here. Players are working out with coaches, ironing out some wrinkles in their games, attending summer league together and Derrick Favors is even living in his new Utah home through the Summer.
Though the Jazz haven’t signed any big name free agents this summer they have players who want to be in Utah. It can’t be overstated how important this could be a few years down the road when players contracts expire. The culture of the Jazz might not brought in any big time free agents but it could certainly help us retain them in the future and that is certainly something for Jazz Nation to be excited about.