It seems like all the free agents are joining the Nets or Lakers, but DeAndre Jordan may be amongst the select few that may be on his way out of Brooklyn. The Nets superteam headlined by Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving just added big man Paul Milsap in addition to re-signing Blake Griffin this past offseason.
On top of that LaMarcus Aldridge has reportedly been medically cleared to play again after retiring mid-season in 2021. If Aldridge and the Nets get a deal done, Jordan will inevitably see a role where he will not thrive in which is why a buyout seems to be likely.
Another option could be trade as the Nets are reportedly poking around the league to see what type of offers they can get for Jordan and a first-round draft pick. But it still seems more likely that the two sides are headed towards a buyout.
The Nets still owe Jordan $19.7 million over the final two years of his contract. The big man was part of Brooklyn’s spending spree during the 2019 offseason when he signed a four-year, $39.96 million deal to play alongside Irving and Durant.
If or once bought out, Jordan is likely to head back to Los Angeles but this time as a member of the Lakers instead of the Clippers.
“I hope the Nets buy him out so he can join the Lakers’ AARP squad,” an Eastern Conference executive told Michael Scotto. “Better yet, the LAARP. I’ve never seen a roster like this.”
Over the past two seasons, Jordan has played in 113 games averaging 7.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and a block per contest.