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Report: Lakers still eyeing Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan prior to March 1st buyout deadline

DeAndre Jordan

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly eyeing New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan before the March 1 playoff-eligibility waiver deadline, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

If the Knicks waive Jordan, the high-flyer will command a lot of interest on the open market. DeAndre was traded to the Knicks by the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

A better fit would be New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan, who the Lakers are eyeing before the March 1 playoff-eligibility waiver deadline.

Jordan still has a home in Los Angeles, but there’s no guarantee he’d pick the Lakers should the Knicks set him free. Other teams in better playoff position may be able to beat out James and the Lakers, but Jordan would be worth relegating starter JaVale McGee to the bench.

In 57 games this season with the Mavs and Knicks, DeAndre Jordan is averaging 11.0 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.1 blocks. The 30-year-old Houston native is shooting 64.9 percent from the field and a career-high 68.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lakers have JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler manning the center position. Jordan would be an upgrade over both of them, but there have been rumors going around that the Knicks want to keep Jordan in an attempt to use him in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.

Durant and Jordan are very close friends off the court.