Post by Hanamichi Sakuragi on Jul 18, 2018 0:12:29 GMT
10 Years. 1 Decade. Jordan will always be grateful for his time with the Clippers. But, the time has come for him to play for another franchise that provided enough to satisfy our client.
We are happy to announce that Jordan does not need to change address as he signs the following contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
2021: 17,112,625.00 (TO)
TOTAL GUARANTEED: 38,491,915.00
We want to thank all the GMs of the four franchises who negotiated with our client.
It basically boils down to Lakers offering a good contract, the promised to build around him and DJ's fit to the current crop of Lakers.
(35) Familiarity/Affection - After some research and with the similarity of the real life DJ and D5 DJ situation, it was pretty obvious to us that this will be biggest factor in his decision.
Who valued him the most?
(20) Team Fit - After being a starter and playing in the playoffs for the majority of his career, DJ's pride to show that he is still one of the top centers in the league is there. So, we need to find the right team for him.
(15) Presentation - Technicalities, fluency and validity of the presentation.
Full disclosure: When we start to consumate the decision, we do not have any team in mind that will win the signature of DJ and tackled it factor by factor.
Familiarity/Affection - DJ's dream was a team who made him the #1 priority for their franchise. That did not happen. The closest was Clippers but his plan is kinda unique because it doesn't involve having DJ.
Memphis and Indiana offered at the same hour. Indiana will get the upper hand because they offered the most guaranteed years, showing confidence in his ability. Unfortunately, our client was not happy that they also used MLE to lure another player. The Lakers promised to build around DJ and offered the most guaranteed money in the first two years. Unfortunately, they are the last one to make an offer and the TO was a big negative too.
If you notice, the scores in this one are very low. Kindly go back to DJ's dream of getting at least full max in the first 2 years, starting position and getting that offer in the first day of free-agency.
Team Fit - This was the biggest downer for Memphis. The plan of Clippers was interesting. The team that will trade for him will not do that if DJ will not help them. The problem was, we will not be in control. Lakers and Indiana explained the fit of DJ and we do agree but the presence of young promising bigs in Indiana provided the upper hand to Lakers. We do recognize that Memphis will be heavily featured as a 6th man.
Presentation - Clippers offered first and was honest all throughout the process but they made several changes during the negotiation. Indiana was clear all throughout the process and provided some information about the things that they are trying to do. Lakers was the last one to offer but his presentation was the best in general. He dissected a lot of aspects, including the conference situation. The TO was a big negative though because of realism.
Money - Clippers offered the most. Lakers offered the 2nd best. Memphis offered a one year contract around 8 million.
Success - Memphis has the clearest path to success. I think the other three aspiring teams are not that close. The attractiveness of LAL does help.
REAL LIFE EVIDENCE
“They were talking about trading me for three years, so I don’t really care about it anymore,” Jordan said. “If it happens, it happens.
“I just want to be somewhere I’m wanted. If it’s here, it’s here. If it’s not, then, hey, it’s a business.”
Do you feel wanted by the Clippers?
Jordan looked around for nine seconds before answering.
“What do you think?” he said.
I contemplated for a moment then answered honestly: “I don’t know.”
“Me neither,” Jordan replied immediately.
“Multiple executives and agents think DeAndre Jordan’s decision might depend more on where he wants to play than the money he can make,” wrote O’Connor. “Jordan said on February 9 that he wants to be somewhere he’s wanted, and he doesn’t know whether that can be said about the Clippers. Still, you need to be careful about the emotional roller coaster players experience ahead of free agency. Jordan might not have been happy to have been shopped in January and February, but things can change by June.”