Shams Charania recently confirmed that DeAndre Jordan’s time as a Brooklyn Net looks to be coming to a close. The Nets and Jordan are looking to split by way of a contract buyout, per Charania and Alex Schiffer.
“Jordan is increasingly unlikely to be part of the organization moving forward,” Charania wrote, “but the sides have not made a final decision.”
If the Nets do in-fact buy out the remaining two years and $20 million of Jordan’s contract, it seems there will already be a team waiting in the wings to snag the 33-year-old center.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported recently that the Los Angeles Lakers would love to add yet another former All-Star to their roster in the form of Jordan. If he were to return to LA, he’d be competing for minutes with fellow aging centers Marc Gasol and Dwight Howard.
Jordan had great relationships with Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and some would argue those relationships are what earned him his four-year, $40 million contract with the Nets in the first place. There were rumblings that former Nets’ coach Kenny Atkinson lost his job because he preferred to start Jarett Allen over Jordan, much to the dismay of the two stars. Last season, Head Coach Steve Nash clearly felt that Jordan was past the point of being a difference-maker for the Nets, as he did not appear in Brooklyn’s final 16 games.