As the Brooklyn Nets remain favorites to win the NBA Championship, head coach Steve Nash will have to make risky adjustments to the rotation. As Kevin Durant has made his return, along with new emergence in Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, the situation leaves center DeAndre Jordan forced to minimize his role with the team.
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) April 9, 2021
The Nets have explained that they do not look to buy out Jordan despite the change in role, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post. Despite the rumors floating around, the goal is to keep Jordan on the roster to end the season. Jordan was the starting center for Brooklyn for 36 games this season. Since the signing of LaMarcus Aldridge, Jordan has missed the last four games due to the coach’s decision. At this stage in his career, Brooklyn has not been too optimistic about Jordan’s performances this season.
Jordan was acquired by Brooklyn during the 2019 NBA Free Agency. He signed a four-year, $40 million contract to play alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. With Irving and Durant’s absence a season ago, Jordan became the veteran leader for Brooklyn in the NBA bubble. Jordan averaged 8.3 points and 10 rebounds in his first season as a Brooklyn Net.
As the Nets look to move forward without Jordan in the rotation, there remains great optimism for the roster. Brooklyn is currently in the second seed in the Eastern Conference behind the leading Philadelphia 76ers. Kevin Durant returned to the lineup after missing two months of action. As Durant and Irving are both healthy, the team awaits their third star, James Harden, to return from his hamstring injury.