There are only a few things guaranteed in life: Death, taxes and Donald Sterling is going to try his hardest to damn the Los Angeles Clippers.
Just read this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest piece:
In the early afternoon hours of July 3, owner Donald Sterling called Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser and informed him he had rescinded approval on trading Eric Bledsoe and acquiring free agent J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade agreement. The three-team deal – delivered the owner’s blessing only two days earlier – no longer interested Sterling.
Call it off, Sterling instructed Roeser, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Donald Sterling gonna Donald Sterling.
No fear. Doc Rivers salvaged everything, convincing Sterling to go through with the trade three days after pulling the plug on the multi-team deal
Rivers’ job was to convince the owner – for a second time, in this instance – and there were those who believed a flat refusal on Sterling’s behalf could’ve resulted with Rivers’ resignation.
“It never got to that,” one source told Yahoo Sports, “but it might have had Sterling not come around.”
Only Rivers will ever know, because Sterling did change his mind and the deal was resuscitated within 72 hours of it falling apart. Downright disaster had been averted, and on the night of July 11, Clippers officials, Redick and his representatives came together to sign the contract papers in the lobby of a Los Angeles hotel.
There were a couple of interesting tidbits throughout this article that I’ll point out:
Sterling didn’t value Redick as a starter in this league. According to Woj, Sterling ‘stereotyped’ Redick as a bench player, not wanting to pay him at a starters salary of $27 million over the next four years. Obviously he’s wrong, but this is a show of how much power owners have in their organizations moves. Eric Bledsoe may be the better player and have the higher ceiling, but acquiring Redick (and Jared Dudley) opens up the offense and spreads the floor for a team whose bigs can’t space the floor.
The important stretch of the piece was the unknown threat Sterling was hit with in the wake of rescinding the trade. “From there, over the Fourth of July holiday, a most unholy hell threatened to unleash should Sterling have been unrelenting in his reversal, sources described to Yahoo Sports.” You have to assume this is speaking on Chris Paul opting to test the waters in free agency if this move wasn’t made. It’s the only threat I can think of that relates to the quote and has the potential to shake up this franchise.
But the Clippers overcame Sterlings incompetence once again. The deal was made (obviously) and the Clippers have put together what could be a championship roster. Though you have to wonder if Sterling could attempt to mess something up later on.
That new Woj story makes me feel confident the clippers will find a way to screw this up.
— Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace) October 29, 2013