Jordan will now become a free agent after electing to give back $4 million of his owed $20 million for the next two seasons.
The Detroit Pistons will waive DeAndre Jordan, allowing him to become a free agent, sources tell me and @JLEdwardsIII. Sources said Jordan is giving back $4M in a buyout of the remaining $20M on his deal.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 3, 2021
For the moment, all signs point to Jordan returning to Los Angeles, but to play for the Lakers this time around.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted that the Lakers are deemed as a “serious contender” to sign the veteran center.
For the Pistons, they hauled in Jordan, a staggering four future second-round picks and $5.78 million from the Brooklyn Nets for Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya. While the Pistons are now covering a chunk of Jordan's due salary after waiving him, they did free up a roster spot, as they had 16 guaranteed contracts before this trade.
On the other hand, Jordan is slated to soon join the Lakers, where he will look to bolster the team's backend of their depth chart.
The one-time All-Star is coming off of a campaign where he featured in 57 regular season games with the Nets and posted a 7.5 points per game average. He wound up not playing in a mere one game of the Nets' playoff run last season.
At the age of 33, Jordan's prime days are far behind him, but he can still be a formidable contributor off the bench.