The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that they are waiving center DeAndre Jordan and will sign guard DJ Augustin. NBA teams that plan to be in the NBA Playoffs often pursue the buyout market and with the deadline for those signing coming up the Lakers made a last-minute move. Point Guard depth was an issue for the team and Jordan played spare minutes at best in most games this season. Los Angeles also signed forward Wenyen Gabriel to a two-way contract.
The Lakers also intend to sign forward Wenyen Gabriel on a two-way NBA contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Gabriel has had stints with the Nets, Clippers and Pelicans this season, showing flashes of athleticism and versatility at 6-foot-9. https://t.co/XCCc1MxC2B
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 1, 2022
In just 32 games and 12.8 minutes per game, DeAndre Jordan averaged 4.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game this season. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 67.4 percent and a free throw percentage of 46.2 percent. Needless to say, the Los Angeles Lakers have had several problems this year and the big man was not helping solve them. DJ Augustin averaged 5.4 points, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 rebounds in 34 games with the Houston Rockets this season.
By adding DJ Augustin and waiving DeAndre Jordan, the Lakers managed to get older. (Augustin is 34, Jordan 33)
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 1, 2022
The Los Angeles Lakers look like a franchise in turmoil and are currently holding a losing record. With a record of 27-33, the Lakers are currently the ninth seed in the Western Conference. While this may not fix anything it will perhaps help the offense out some as the team closes out the season. Los Angeles is not in danger of missing the playoffs yet, but things don’t look great right now.