DeAndre Jordan is on the verge of being bought out by the Brooklyn Nets, according to The Athletic. The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly be one of the teams eyeing Jordan, should he become a free agent, fresh off signing Rajon Rondo.
The Rondo addition is utterly logical: Los Angeles needed another point guard, and Rondo is both familiar with and respected in the Lakers’ locker room after helping them win a title less than one year ago.
Signing Jordan, on the other hand, would be a total head-scratcher. To quote a rival NBA owner who once failed to close the deal on DeAndre: “For these reasons, the Lakers should be out.”
1) Lakers notes: DeAndre Jordan is redundant
The Lakers do not need Dwight Howard, 35, and DeAndre Jordan, 33, on the same roster. Jordan and Howard are nearly identical archetypes, especially at this stage of Howard’s career: rim-protectors, glass-cleaners, screen setters, lob threats, end of tweet… only with this addendum: Howard is far more impactful in 2021.
The Lakers have another aging center (Marc Gasol, 36) on the roster, and their best center is Anthony Davis. Los Angeles has a “need” in the frontcourt — a 4 who can stretch the floor and defend (think: Paul Millsap, Kevin Love) — but DeAndre Jordan is decidedly not that.