RUMOR: Nets rebuffed Rockets’ attempt at trading for DeAndre Jordan
The Houston Rockets recently parted ways with their starting big man, Clint Capela in a huge four-team trade that went down right towards the end of the recently-concluded trade deadline. As it turns out, the Rockets were actually interested in bringing in a like-for-like replacement for Capela, and according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Houston had their sights set on Brooklyn Nets big man DeAndre Jordan.
Woj just posted on IG that Rockets tried to bring the Nets into the 4 team trade. DeAndre Jordan was the target and Fertitta gave Morey the green light to spend. Nets weren’t interested: pic.twitter.com/q6DPb4loBD
— Adam Abramson (@Adam_Abramson1) February 8, 2020
This could have been a much bigger deal had the Nets agreed to take part in the trade, but as reported by Woj above, Brooklyn did not seem interested in giving up Jordan. The 31-year-old veteran has served as the primary backup to Jarrett Allen in Brooklyn, with Jordan averaging 7.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks in 20.9 minutes off the bench.
Jordan has been a starter for pretty much his entire career, and he definitely had to go through an adjustment period in Brooklyn. Playing second fiddle to a 21-year-old up-and-comer in Allen could not have been an easy pill to swallow for Jordan at first, but he seemed to have already embraced his role with the Nets thus far.
Nonetheless, it is very likely that he would have ended up with a starting gig in Houston had Brooklyn pulled the trigger on the potential deal. The Rockets have been playing a lot of small ball of late, tasking 6-foot-5 forward P.J. Tucker as a makeshift five. Surely, it would have been a different scenario had Houston successfully snagged Jordan from the grasp of the Nets.