New Los Angeles Lakers heart DeAndre Jordan says Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving stay ‘brothers past basketball’

When DeAndre Jordan signed with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019, he got here as a part of a package deal take care of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, with the 2 megastars each signing for lower than max contracts to protect cap area to signal the previous All-Star heart that summer time.

Two years into the four-year, $40 million deal he signed in Brooklyn, Jordan was traded to the Detroit Pistons and summarily waived, paving the way in which for him to signal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

As Jordan left one star-studded roster for one more, the large man deadpanned that his relationship with the Nets’ dynamic duo soured on his means out the door.

“We’re undoubtedly not pals anymore, so …” Jordan joked with a hearty chortle throughout his introductory video information convention for the Lakers.

He shortly assured the trio’s friendship was nonetheless intact. It was his position with the Nets, who got here to depend on Blake Griffin and Nicolas Claxton on the 5 final season earlier than signing LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap so as to add to their frontcourt rotation this summer time, that modified.

“We’re pals earlier than basketball, after basketball and I believe in the end all of us simply wish to be comfortable,” stated Jordan. “And having the ability to compete is one thing that is crucial to me and so they perceive that. And we’re brothers past basketball so us being teammates or not is not going to replicate on or have an effect on our relationship.”

Jordan stated his commerce to Detroit, together with 4 second spherical draft picks and $5.78 million, for Sekou Doumboya and Jahlil Okafor, was the Nets group working with him to assist him discover extra alternative. Jordan took a $4 million buyout from the Pistons and can earn the veteran’s minimal of $2.6 million from the Lakers, in line with ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

“It was simply each events wished to determine one thing that was finest for each of us,” he stated. “And I really feel like they gave me that respect as a veteran participant to have the ability to perceive that I wished to have the ability to compete. … It simply labored higher for each of us.”

He’ll be part of a Lakers staff that has its personal stockpile within the frontcourt in Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and Marc Gasol.

Jordan, 33, is the most recent 30-something former All-Star to hitch a Lakers squad that’s already teeming with gamers of that ilk in LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Howard and Gasol.

Whereas he would not have the preexisting private ties to the Lakers group that he had with Durant and Irving, he has admired many members of the staff from afar.

“Simply to have the ability to be with a staff like this with guys that you simply respect and guys that you’ve got competed towards for the previous — going into my 14th season has been nice in seeing, ‘I ponder what it will be wish to play with this man,'” Jordan shared. “And also you at all times take into consideration that, whether or not you inform folks or not.”

Jordan will return to L.A., the place he spent the primary 10 years of his profession enjoying for the Clippers.

“Clearly, as you become old you begin to see various things and actually with the Clippers groups that we had, we had some dangerous luck,” Jordan stated. “On the staff that I used to be on final 12 months, we had a little bit dangerous luck with accidents and a few small issues like that. However you undoubtedly do not wish to take it with no consideration. … I am excited to have the ability to be right here and jell with these guys and construct chemistry and it is going to be a course of however I believe we’re all prepared and excited for it.”

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