Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens’ deal for Juancho Hernangomez is already old news after the Brooklyn Nets were able to offload DeAndre Jordan’s remaining two years on what has become a pretty bad contract.
Jordan has been fazed out of the lineup and is expected to be replaced by LaMarcus Aldridge, but it wasn’t cheap to rid his deal from Brooklyn’s books.
Four first-rounder was the price Sean Marks paid, although he did get 2019 first-rounder Sekou Doumbouya in the deal. Former Net Jahlil Okafor is also on his way back to Brooklyn as part of the transaction.
Now, all eyes turn to where Jordan may land next. One opinion–owned by former Boston Celtics championship center Kendrick Perkins–is that Jordan should join the Cs to backup Robert Williams:
Is that feasible though?
Williams is already being backed up by Al Horford, who probably won’t play much time at the 4 given all of the wings in need of playing time. Behind him, Enes Kanter and Bruno Fernando offer contributions on the offensive and defensive ends, respectively, and are both significantly younger than Jordan as well.
Also, are we so sure adding Jordan wouldn’t just be another Tristan Thompson scenario? He was blackballed from the rotation despite simultaneously signing deals with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to choose Brooklyn over every other suitor.
Stevens has done a good job re-establishing the culture in Boston, and the returns of Horford and Kanter are a big part of it.
Like Perkins said, Los Angeles (and all the drama LeBron James generates) may be a better landing spot if Jordan wants to be a contributor.