The Brooklyn Nets have signed former New York Knick Jerome Jordan to a training camp contract, the team’s general manager Billy King announced on Thursday.
Jordan, who will turn 28 later this month, is a 7-foot, 250-pound center that was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 44th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He’s only played in 21 NBA games in his career, all with the Knicks in 2011-12, and averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per 36 minutes that year.
Jordan spent last season playing with Virtus Bologna in the Italian League and the year before in the NBA D-League. He was named to the 2013 All-NBA D-League Third Team when he averaged 12.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in 42 games. He’s also played in Serbia and Slovenia.
The Nets roster is technically full, but they only have 13 guaranteed contracts which means that Jordan will compete with Cory Jefferson and Jorge Gutierrez during training camp for a spot on the team.
Rebounding is the one position the Nets really haven’t addressed this offseason and it was one of their biggest issues last year after they finished 29th in total rebounding. Only the Lakers were worse as the Nets were outrebounded by 4.8 rebounds per game on average. So this move makes sense for the Nets and Jordan likely has a realistic shot at making the roster as the Nets don’t exactly have a ton of guys with rebounding ability.
Obviously they have Kevin Garnett, but he can barely be counted on for 20 minutes a night. Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee would be the next to go-to guys for rebounds except neither has exceptional rebounding skills. It seemed like this job of going after rebounds was going to go to Jefferson by default, he’s very physical and had an impressive 37.5-inch vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but at 220-pounds Jefferson is not the ideal candidate either. Bringing in Jordan gives the Nets a more natural rebounding option and gives Jefferson some competition.
As long as they don’t bring Reggie Evans back.