The Los Angeles Lakers unexpectedly waived veteran center DeAndre Jordan on Monday with the intent to bring in guard D.J. Augustin. Jordan, who played very little for the Lakers, is expected to hit waivers, where he can be claimed – or if he passes through waivers, be signed as a free agent. One team in particular, the Philadelphia 76ers, has interest in Jordan. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are expected to “be aggressive in their pursuit” of Jordan, who fits the bill as a backup center.
The 76ers have been in the market for a backup center and will be aggressive in pursuit of DeAndre Jordan — either placing a waiver claim or working to sign him as a free agent should he clear waivers, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2022
The Sixers, who have been in the market for a backup center since Andre Drummond was shipped to the Brooklyn Nets, seem to be very interested in DeAndre Jordan after he was waived by the Lakers.
Jordan, 33, only played 12.8 minutes per game for Los Angeles this year, though he was quite effective in those limited minutes, averaging 4.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and just under a block per game.
While not quite as explosive as he once was, Jordan can certainly still offer value in a backup role. The veteran center would likely be intrigued by the prospect of going to a team like the Sixers, who have championship aspirations.
Time will tell if the Sixers’ interest in a backup center leads them to DeAndre Jordan.