NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Set to Part Ways With Key Star DeAndre Jordan

Published 08/26/2021, 9:14 PM EDT
Mar 26, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) goes to the basket on Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets last season were one of the most stacked teams in NBA history. With the trio of James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets arguably had the best team on paper and were the clear favorites.

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But as it happened to other contending teams, the Nets also saw many of their star players enduring injuries in the post-season. With Irving and Harden missing majority of the series against the Bucks, the Nets ultimately fell short in the playoffs.

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Brooklyn Nets set to ship out veteran center DeAndre Jordan

2019 was a game changing summer for the Nets. With free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signing in, the Nets instantly became a competitor. Another key signing Brooklyn made back then was KD’s and Kyrie’s good friend DeAndre Jordan. The veteran center ended up being a good rotational piece often rotating the position with Jarret Allen.

But after the James Harden trade, Jordan immediately became the starter for the team. It was evident that the former Clippers’ star was struggling in the same. Lacking the same physical acumen, the 34-year-old struggled against bigger forwards and centers. Given how immensely he struggled defensively, DeAndre Jordan might be on his way out of the Nets.

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Brooklyn certainly have seen some massive blunders especially in the defensive end. If at all the 34-year-old old leaves the team, the Nets might not need to sign anyone. They already have re-signed Blake Griffin who played as a small ball center.

Nicholas Claxton can be an excellent choice as well. With his incredible reach and his ability to defend across multiple positions, the former second-round pick up can do a much better job than DeAndre.

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This is certainly a tough decision that the Brooklyn Nets might have to make in this season’s free agency. While Jordan struggles in defense, he does have a fair share of rebounds and chips in with points on a regular basis.

But perhaps the biggest barrier for such a move will be the stance of Durant and Irving. While Harden, KD and Kyrie might be the big three now, initially it was the trio of KD, DeAndre and Irving who joined forces. Will the Nets’ superstar be okay with the move?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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