The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed DeAndre Jordan. His addition rounds out one of the league’s best collection of frontcourt players in the league. Jordan will have a shot to win the starting spot at center if the Lakers decide to move on from Marc Gasol.
Jordan was introduced to the media on Thursday after his signing was made offical. He expressed some of the things he looks forward to as a Laker. One of those was sharing the floor with a future hall of fame big man in Dwight Howard (h/t Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll):
DJ adds that Dwight Howard is one of the guys he's most excited to be teammates with since he's watched him since he was in high school.https://t.co/FXwPN9E8Z8
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 9, 2021
Howard and Jordan will not share the court unless someone gets creative on NBA 2K22. But both players will get a chance to sharpen each other’s iron. Howard may also serve as a template to how to function in a limited role.
Jordan’s role on this team should be very simple: defend, rebound, and finish. With three elite players surrounding him, that shouldn’t be too hard to be pinned as a focus. Jordan is in his 14th season and his last outing with the Brooklyn Nets was less than stellar. He fell out of the rotation and ultimately was traded and waived.
The Lakers’ decision to bring him aboard speaks to their beliefs in him. The hope is that Jordan can find his way with a team that seems to fit the strengths he has left to offer. Even without a big role, his existence gives the Lakers a veteran option to lean on, if last year’s injuries rear their ugly heads.
Welcome to Los Angeles again, DeAndre!