Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that DeAndre Jordan has reneged on his verbal agreement to join the Dallas Mavericks and will instead remain with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jordan made the switch after a face-to-face meeting at his Houston home with a contingent of Clippers, including Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the NBA's ban on public comments before players can sign contracts, which started at 12:01 this morning.
It was a surprising reversal for Jordan, the defensive pillar who agreed to a four-year, $80-million deal with the Mavericks last week.
NBA cap hits $70 million
The NBA salary cap has been set for next season at $70 million, a higher-than-expected number that paves the way for free-agent contracts to be signed. The league says the cap increased by 11 percent and the 2015-16 cap will be the highest ever. It had been projected to come in closer to $67 million until recently. With the cap set, the league's moratorium lifted today at midnight.
Hornets, Lin agree
A person familiar with the situation said the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a contract with Jeremy Lin. The 26-year-old former Knick who is entering his sixth NBA season also played for the Warriors, Rockets and Lakers.
Suns get Weems, Price
A person with knowledge of the situation said the Phoenix Suns have reached agreements with guards Sonny Weems and Ronnie Price. Weems, an all-Euroleague first-team selection in 2013-14, gets a two-year, $5.8-million deal. Price agreed to a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum of $1.5 million.