Two days after the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a three-team trade involving Eric Bledsoe, Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick and others, Donald Sterling instructed his team president, Andy Roeser, to rescind the deal.
The deal had already been agreed upon and leaked to the media, but could not become official until July 11 when the moratorium was lifted.
It was up to Doc Rivers to change Sterling's mind, but Redick and his representatives couldn't wait much longer on whether his four-year, $27 million deal would be upheld.
Redick's other suitors were beginning to reach deals with other similar players.
Rivers had sold Redick that the culture of the Clippers was changing, but the turn of events showed that Sterling remains unpredictable.
Rivers was embarrassed and humiliated after agreeing to come to the Clippers with ultimate authority and he feared that his credibility in future talks would be paralyzed if this deal was rescinded.
There are some that believe Rivers would have been forced to step down if Sterling didn't relent.
"It never got to that," one source told Yahoo Sports, "but it might have had Sterling not come around."