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#pounditFriday, July 23, 2021

DeAndre Jordan used Snapchat to initially discuss Clippers return

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The greatest free agent epic of our time just got a little bit juicier. And just when we thought all the emoji-laden, meme-generating, hostage-taking fanfare surrounding Clippers center DeAndre Jordan’s spurning of the Dallas Mavericks and return to Lob City was enough.

In an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated on Thursday, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers touched on a variety of subjects including his playing days and time as head coach of the Boston Celtics. Rivers also shared an interesting tidbit about how DeAndre Jordan went about revealing his second thoughts on verbally agreeing to leave the Clippers and sign with the Mavericks.

“DeAndre thought about leaving, but right away, he knew he wanted to come back,” said Rivers. “He even Snapchatted my youngest son Spencer. He had told two or three people he’d made a mistake [after signing the offer sheet with Dallas], but the Snapchat said, ‘Tell your dad to call me.’”

Welcome to communication in 2015, ladies and gentlemen. The best part is that this isn’t even the first time that an NBA player has turned to Snapchat as a means of going about the free agency process.

From Spencer’s Snapchat account and his comments about DeAndre’s initial decision to sister Callie’s reported efforts and brother Austin being actual teammates with DeAndre, it’s become fairly clear that the NBA’s leading rebounder last season might not have returned to the Clippers if not for the strong efforts of the little Riverses. And maybe Doc should thank the power of modern social media for making Jordan’s return possible as well.

At least DeAndre didn’t use Cyberdust.

H/T NBA Reddit (and shoutout to Reddit user Hey_Im_Joe for providing the inspiration for the above punchline)

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