Lebron thanked Deandre Jordan for saying in LA and why Richard Jefferson went to Cleveland because of that, here’s how:
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported in an excellent column on LeBron and the Cavs that it was Jordan’s change of heart that caused a small chain reaction for Cleveland. After committing to the Mavs himself, Jefferson decided he couldn’t go to Dallas for a little more money in a worse, Jordan-less situation if the Cavs were heading back to the NBA Finals:
The only reason he was in this locker room was because DeAndre Jordan had changed his mind about signing with the Dallas Mavericks over the summer. Jefferson had committed to the Mavs, thinking he’d be teaming up with Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews. He was undergoing a physical in Dallas when he started getting wind that Jordan was having second thoughts.
Then, Shelburne included Jefferson’s account of his decision:
“When it went sour, I called my agent and was like, ‘I can’t go there,’” Jefferson said. “And he was like, ‘Richard, now is not the time to tell them that you can’t go there either.’ So we let it wait a couple weeks. There was a conversation about maybe offering me some more money. I was like, ‘Look, if Cleveland goes to the Finals and I stay in Dallas for a little more money, I’ll kill myself.’”
So, not only did Jordan’s decision save the Clippers’ interior defense and presence on the boards, it gave the Cavs one of their most valued veterans.