Tuesday, September 7, 2021 4:19 PM | CBN
Following the finalization of a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons, DeAndre Jordan is reportedly planning to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple sources.
Sources also say that on Friday, the Pistons acquired the 33 year-old Jordan, four second-round picks and $5.78 million as part of a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, with the intention of buying out the two outstanding years in addition to $20 million on Jordan's contract.
However, after the buyout agreement is signed, Jordan will need to clear waivers before becoming a free agent and signing with the Lakers.
"His contract terms make it virtually impossible for Jordan to be claimed by a team”, wrote ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jordan was an All-Star in 2017 while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s averaged 9.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 932 career games for the Clippers spanning 2008-2018, the Dallas Mavericks from 2018-19, New York Knicks in 2019 and Nets from 2019-21.
"We appreciate everything DeAndre has contributed to our organization over the past two seasons both on and off the court and wish him and his family the best moving forward," said Nets general manager Sean Marks in a statement.
The Nets announced on Saturday that they received Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya in the deal with the Pistons.
Sources say they will be sending Detroit their 2022 and 2027 second-round picks along with the more favourable 2024 second-rounder between the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies, and the more favourable 2025 second-rounder between the Wizards and Golden State Warriors.
Trading Jordan’s contract as opposed to buying it out provides financial relief for the Nets both in the short term and the future with the repeater tex penalty that begins in 2023.
In fact, ESPN estimates that the Nets will save $47 million in salary and tax with the deal.