DeAndre Jordan signed with the Brooklyn Nets two years ago alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The trio was frequently cited as the foundation of what many hoped would be a championship-level group.
Unfortunately, while Brooklyn remained very much in the title hunt last season, Jordan stopped being recognized as an integral piece of the puzzle.
That culminated in the Nets trading him to the Detroit Pistons earlier this summer, who ultimately waived him.
From there, Jordan signed with the Los Angeles Lakers – hoping to fill the hole left behind by Marc Gasol’s messy divorce from the organization.
This week, Jordan delivered a blunt message to Durant and his former Nets teammates: he’s not thinking about them.
“I don’t care about that,” he said. “Like I said, I got a lot of love for those guys over there. So I’m not thinking about, ‘oh, I should stayed,’ I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about where I’m at now and my focus is here with this group of guys and I’m excited about it.
“Like I said, we have plenty of friends on different teams and you’re not thinking about how their season’s going. You wish them luck and wish them health, but I’m focused on what we have here.”
The brewing rivalry between LA and Brooklyn has taken center stage among NBA storylines over the past few weeks. James Harden offered a brutally honest assessment of the Lakers recently, while Durant and Blake Griffin have been particularly dismissive of them as a legitimate championship foe.
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Big picture, it’s going to be interesting to see where things go from here.
Will Jordan be able to punish the Nets for giving up on him, ultimately winning a championship in LA in the process? Time will tell.