The JordyFlip: In defense of Mark Cuban

10 Jul

In the coming days and months there will be revelations about what went down that led to both the verbal commitment of DeAndre Jordan to Mark Cuban as well as DJ backing out of the deal before the deadline.  There are serious questions of conduct about Cuban’s machinations prior to the verbal agreement.  They include whether Cuban dispatched his players to contact DJ prior to the NBA-mandated July 1st starting date.  There are also allegations of collusion by DJ’s agent, Fegan, who is both a close friend of Mark Cuban as well as Chandler Parsons’ agent. But those are allegations and speculations.  Until substantiated, Cuban is innocent.

What is known is that DJ had a verbal commitment to Mark Cuban to join the Mavs, leaving the Clippers behind.  Cuban considered DJ the centerpiece of his future team around whom he would construct the necessary pieces.  His previous attempts to land big-name megastars had all failed, and in fact two of his existing pieces had left the team.  Furthermore, he had made additional moves that were partially based on the assumption that DJ would join the Mavs.  DJ began to have second thoughts almost immediately after his verbal commitment.  This brings to question: why was this allowed to go this far?  The change of heart soon after the verbal commitment clearly indicates his heart was never fully in it.  Cuban, like any other owner, is competing to attract top talent for his team. He can not be faulted for doing all that is within his power and ethics to keep up with the field. It is the job of the agent to gauge both his client’s wants and needs, as well as to do the same for the teams doing the chasing, in addition to making sure whatever deal happens is ideal for all involved.  That requires heart-to-heart discussions with all and a professional, no-nonsense approach.  There can be no room for promising one team to deliver your client to them if that’s not what the player really wants.  Manipulating the player to live up to your promise can only lead to disaster, because either the player goes through with a deal he wasn’t fully committed to and lives a life of misery for the team, or the player backs out the first chance he gets, as DJ did in this case.

The agent is the one who failed the Mavericks fans, who failed DJ and stained the rest of his career with the image of a dishonorable man, and who failed Mark Cuban and his attempt to deliver a competitive product to the city of Dallas.  Dan Fegan was strangely absent during the surreal lead-up to the Clippers contingent congregating at DJ’s Houston house, while Mark Cuban was supposedly driving around town and begging people for DJ’s home address (most likely a preposterous and made-up allegation).  Where was Fegan during that whole ordeal?  If he wasn’t present while DJ was signing the contract with the Clippers that would constitute a clear sign of Fegan’s failure to do his job.  If DJ fires him in the near future it should come as no surprise to anyone.

If DJ was to have a change of heart, he owed it to Cuban and to all of basketball to face Cuban like a man and to explain his change of heart.  It could have been something as simple as “Mark, I made a terrible mistake.  I am sorry.  I can’t take the job and be miserable for the next fours because it wouldn’t be fair to you.  My agent failed you and me, and I failed you.  I beg for your forgiveness.”

Mark Cuban is rightly aggrieved.  Get off his back.

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2 Responses to “The JordyFlip: In defense of Mark Cuban”

  1. thegaminggeek July 10, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    Agreed. Its fine to have a change of heart, but man up and be professional about it.

    • ronhawkster July 10, 2015 at 2:43 am #

      The guy handled it very badly.

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