Report: DeAndre Jordan grew 'tired' of Chris Paul's 'constant barking'

After spending the first seven years of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, DeAndre Jordan recently decided to join the Dallas Mavericks on a long-term deal. Dallas wooed Jordan with the promise of having a more central role on offense as owner Mark Cuban truly believes that the new Mavs center is comparable to Shaquille O'Neal. While Jordan was clearly moved by the Mavs' message to him, his poor relationship with Chris Paul may have also contributed to his depature from Los Angeles, according to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz.

The core of the team had been together for more than three years, and tempers were wearing thin. Jordan and Chris Paul had gotten into it more than once, which led Jordan to start seriously contemplating what it might be like to play elsewhere in 2015-16.

He was tired of Paul’s constant barking and petty gestures, like distributing high-fives to the three other guys on the floor following a timeout but somehow freezing out Jordan. Optics aside, the biggest issue for Jordan was that, despite the leaps and bounds he made to be named first team all-defense, the Clippers always treated him like the player he was when he arrived in the NBA, and never like the player he’d become.

Even though Doc Rivers has denied it, there have been a number of rumors that Paul and Jordan just didn't get along. Plus there has been on-court evidence of how Paul has treated Jordan. 

Jordan deciding to leave perhaps a better situation in Los Angeles, playing with two All-Stars in Paul and Griffin, for Dallas is quite telling. He obviously wasn't happy with how he was viewed by Paul and the Clippers, so he decided to go where he felt wanted. 

DeAndre Jordan became tired of Chris Paul's antics.
Did DeAndre Jordan become tired of Chris Paul's antics? (USATSI)
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