Brooklyn Nets Move Off DeAndre Jordan, Bring Back LaMarcus Aldridge
The past 24 hours have been quite the whirlwind in Brooklyn.
Over the past couple of weeks, DeAndre Jordan’s future with the Brooklyn Nets has been a topic of conversation and on Friday, the Nets completed a deal moving off the veteran center.
Jordan was dealt to Nets along with four second round picks and $5.78 million in cash to the Detroit Pistons for Jahlil Okafor and former first round pick Sekou Doumbouya. With the move, the Nets were able to save approximately $47 million in salary and luxury tax payments while the Pistons have opted to buyout Jordan on the $20 million remaining over the final two years of his current deal.
Once Jordan clears waivers, he is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers to a one-year, $2.6 million deal.
Jordan originally signed a four-year, $40-million deal with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2019 offseason. The big man averaged 7.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and one block per game across two seasons with the Nets.
Brooklyn wasn’t done making moves there.
After being forced to retire due to a heart-related medical condition, former All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to return to the court by doctors and will sign a one-year, $2.6 million minimum deal to return the Nets. As a corresponding move to create space on the roster, the Nets were forced to cut ties with Alize Johnson.
“I retired in April based on what I believed was the wisest precautionary decision for my personal health at the time, but further testing and evaluation by several top physicians has convinced the doctors, myself and the Nets that I’m fully cleared and able to return to the rigors of the NBA,” Aldridge told ESPN in a statement. “I loved my brief time with Brooklyn and am excited to rejoin the team in pursuit of a championship.”
Prior to being forced to retire, Aldridge averaged 12.8 points across five games with the Nets last season.