DeAndre Jordan’s time in Brooklyn has come to an end after a trade with the Detroit Pistons.

Jordan arrived in Brooklyn with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving during the 2019 free agency; however, the team no longer seems to need Jordan’s talents.

Luckily, GM Sean Marks constructed a deal with the Pistons, which relieved the Nets of the remaining two years and $20 million on Jordan’s contract.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets are sending Jordan, four future second-round picks, and $5.78 million to the Detroit Pistons for Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya. The Pistons are also planning to buy out Jordan, likely resulting in the three-time All-NBA and two-time NBA All-Defensive Team member signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In my opinion, the trade was a financial no-brainer as the Nets will save about $50 million in salary and luxury tax.

Additionally, the Nets had intentions to move on from Jordan after he fell out of the rotation when the playoffs came around and was officially marked a “DNP-Coach’s Decision” by head coach Steve Nash in both rounds of the postseason.

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This Thursday, the Nets made a move to sign Paul Millsap, who will definitely add some strength to the Nets’ frontcourt, especially after the loss of Jeff Green. Moreover, on Friday, Woj reported that LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to come out of retirement and will rejoin the Nets squad.

Therefore, it is unlikely that Jordan would have made a major impact in the frontcourt with these two additions and the resigning of Blake Griffin.

Overall, the Nets return in the DeAndre Jordan trade was reasonably decent as their only other option was most likely buying out Jordan themselves.
Four second-round picks are a significant amount to lose for the Nets’ top-heavy roster as they will eventually need cheap, young talent, with Durant, Harden, and Irving continuing to earn league premiums.

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