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NBA Free Agency Update: Could DeAndre Jordan Return After All?

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After announcing his departure 5 days ago, it appears hope isn't yet dead.

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According to pretty much everyone in the NBA media, DeAndre Jordan is now having second thoughts about joining the Dallas Mavericks.  With the free agency moratorium lifting once the clock strikes midnight eastern time tonight, he really couldn't have waited much longer, but we'll take it, I guess.

Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer, and, reportedly, Chris Paul are heading to Houston to talk their defensive anchor into staying.

It all started at 9:30 with this odd news:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Story going online now: ESPN sources say Clippers lobbying DeAndre Jordan to reverse his decision to join Dallas and stay in LA with Clips</p>&mdash; Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/618818662523387904">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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From there, it's spiraled in the last hour:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ESPN sources say Blake Griffin has already huddled with DeAndre Jordan on the matter and that Chris Paul could also still join the process</p>&mdash; Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/618823895240413184">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Source said DeAndre Jordan &amp; Chris Paul aren&#39;t &quot;best of friends&quot; but have respect for each other and have talked regularly during FA process</p>&mdash; Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/618825516770947072">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hearing Blake Griffin will be in Houston with Clippers to pitch DeAndre Jordan again.</p>&mdash; Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanWoikeSports/status/618826551262449665">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Can confirm <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine">@ESPNSteinLine</a> report that Clippers will meet with DeAndre Jordan and try to convince him to change his mind</p>&mdash; Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanWoikeSports/status/618826113050021888">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ESPN sources say Blake Griffin has already huddled with DeAndre Jordan on the matter and that Chris Paul could also still join the process</p>&mdash; Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/618823895240413184">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">LAC became aware that DeAndre Jordan was having second thoughts &quot;a few days ago. Blake Griffin has already talked to him, Chris Paul soon.</p>&mdash; Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/618824653205692416">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ESPN sources say Chris Paul has been pushing hard to change DeAndre Jordan&#39;s mind in recent days and is expected to join today&#39;s meeting</p>&mdash; Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/618828909992239104">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Is a Jordan return realistic?  It sounds like it, but it's hard to be sure of anything yet.  And forget about unwritten rules--DeAndre is having second thoughts, and the Clippers have an opportunity to get their All-NBA center back, Mark Cuban can screw off.  This is his karma for refusing to do a S&T when it would have helped his team too.

We'll have more on this as it develops.