The prospect of DeAndre Jordan joining the 2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers rapidly gained steam throughout Friday afternoon, culminating in reports that the veteran center, will, after all, become the latest over-30 former All-Star to take the veteran’s minimum for a chance to contend alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Earlier in the week, reports indicated that the Lakers were eyeing Jordan should he be bought out by the Brooklyn Nets. Jordan was traded to the Detroit Pistons and promptly agreed to a buyout, clearing the way for the 32-year old to sign a one-year, $2.6 million with Los Angeles.

Jordan makes little sense for the Lakers within the current constitution of the roster. The Lakers could use another frontcourt piece — a big wing defender or stretch-4/5. But adding Jordan — a beloved locker room guy with a similar, yet more-washed game to Dwight Howard — as a third (or fourth, counting AD) center is dubious.

However, there’s one major caveat that could fuel — and explain — the Lakers’ interest in DJ: the TBD status of Marc Gasol.

The Big Spaniard has one year left on his deal. Despite initially saying he would be back with the Lakers after the Tokyo Olympics concluded, reports since then have speculated that Gasol may change his tune. Frankly, based on the way the Lakers messed with his role last season — booting him to the fringes of the rotation after promising Drummond the starting gig — can you really blame him?