The Los Angeles Lakers’ decision to sign DeAndre Jordan earlier this year was met with much skepticism.
Jordan has been experiencing a steep decline for years, and the end of his run with the Brooklyn Nets showed just how unhelpful he was to a championship-level team.
Nevertheless, due to how badly LA’s front office had botched its relationship with Marc Gasol, adding another five become a necessity.
Surely enough – the move was a flop.
So far this season Jordan is averaging 4.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 13 minutes of action per game. His +/- of -96 is the worst on the entire roster.
As it turns out, an end to this failed marriage may be on the horizon.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN – Jordan getting waived to free up a roster slot is a move to keep an eye out for.
“A team to watch is the Lakers, so [the] Lakers have a full roster and they’re cost sensitive,” he said.
“DeAndre Jordan is playing very poorly for them, and basically LeBron is playing a lot of minutes at center right now. I don’t think he’s starting at center but the second half on Christmas they started him at center…or they played Carmelo for a few minutes at center, which was laughable.
“It could be a situation where the Lakers are like, we’re going to cut DeAndre Jordan to keep a player, possibly, if Stanley Johnson works out or something like that.”
Obviously the Lakers are positioning themselves to make some big moves ahead of the trade deadline.
The front office has already spoken to two teams regarding a possible Russell Westbrook trade.
In addition, LA continues to be a frontrunner to acquire Myles Turner.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) December 30, 2021
If the Lakers can ultimately dump Jordan and Westbrook, add Turner and maybe make one or two small tweaks, this season is still salvageable.
Should that not occur – things will likely get a lot worse before they get better.
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