In a piece written for The Players Tribune, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan opened up about his decision to return to the Clippers after agreeing to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
“I feel like we’ve all made decision in our lives where we’ve had second thoughts about things and have gone back and had to revisit a situation,” Jordan wrote. “I definitely feel like this is one of those times for me.”
The NBA world was preparing for a dominant Mavericks team in 2015-16 after Jordan agreed to a four-year max deal with Dallas. Then, he had second thoughts and his return to Los Angeles will filled with emojis, Twitter updates and strange reports about the location of Mark Cuban.
“As everyone knows, I struggled with it,” Jordan wrote. “It was nine or 10 days of intense pressure. Every night, I would have a different scenario in my head, of the city and team where I thought I would fit best. I had several meetings with teams and even more conversations with my family and friends. I kept thinking about what it really meant to be home, and I would go back and forth.”
As for a potential beef with guard Chris Paul, Jordan quickly dispelled those rumors.
“I love Chris, man,” Jordan wrote. “Chris is a big brother to me. When you play sports, you’re competitive, especially when you play them at as high a level as we have these last few years. And of course, yeah, we all bump heads during the course of the game. But we know that whatever criticisms or arguments we have on the floor, they’re about one thing: winning.”