Former Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after his buyout with the Detroit Pistons becomes official. The Nets moved on from the veteran big man on Friday and on the same day it was announced he would receive a buyout and that he intended to head back to the city of Los Angeles. Jordan moves from one NBA Finals contender to another one. The Lakers are set to add yet another NBA veteran over the age of 30 to their roster.
Upon formal completion of a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, center DeAndre Jordan intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell ESPN. Jordan would have to first clear waivers to become a free agent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
If DeAndre Jordan signs with the Lakers, they will have added 8 players age 32 or older this offseason:
That is the most in a single offseason in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/4300Pea7QO
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 3, 2021
Signing DeAndre Jordan has brought up questions about the future of Marc Gasol on the Lakers’ roster. For now, the Lakers have three centers on their roster in Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol, and now DeAndre Jordan. The Lakers have prioritized experience this year and are looking to capture several veteran player’s first NBA titles.
Spencer Dinwiddie with the lob to DeAndre Jordan ?pic.twitter.com/r0KWiirfPJ
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) December 22, 2019
Last year with the Brooklyn Nets, Jordan averaged 7.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 76.3 percent and a free throw percentage of 50 percent. The Lakers and Jordan can now focus on winning an NBA Championship.