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LeBron James thinks Chris Paul knew DeAndre Jordan was changing mind

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Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan may not be best friends, but that apparently hasn’t stopped CP3 from keeping himself in the loop over the past week.

LeBron James was on vacation with Paul in the Bahamas while all of the Jordan drama was unfolding. At one point, it seemed like Jordan had already joined the Dallas Mavericks. LeBron believes Paul knew all along that there was a chance Jordan wasn’t leaving the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I was telling Chris at the time, ‘Man, that’s a huge blow for you guys,'” James told Ethan Skolnick and Howard Beck on Bleacher Report Radio Sunday. “I hate that my best friend and my guy has to go through that because DeAndre does so many great things for their team and he’s going to Dallas.

“A couple of days later I’m still on vacation and they say (Jordan) is having a change of heart. I think Chris had a lot more information than he was giving us. That’s my best friend, but I know he was holding back some information because he wanted to make sure that everything was going right for them and their team.”

LeBron added that the Jordan situation is proof teams should never get “too high” just because they got a verbal commitment from a player on July 1. While that’s true, players almost never back out the way Jordan did.

Given some of the reports we have heard about the relationship between Jordan and Paul, it’s possible that CP3 reached out to Jordan to clear the air and helped convince the center to stay in L.A. That would help explain why LeBron got the impression that Paul knew Jordan was going to bail on Dallas.

That’s not going to make Mark Cuban feel any better, though the Mavs owner has already move on to pretending he doesn’t know Jordan exists. And if you want to know if Cuban is willing to forgive Jordan, this should give you an answer.


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