NBA Rumors: Lakers Anxious to Move DeAndre Jordan


As we've seen during the past couple of weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers have a new center, and his name is LeBron James. Combine that with pseudo-center Anthony Davis when he returns from injury, and it's clear that the Lakers will have no further use for DeAndre Jordan. 

According to NBA insider Brian Windhorst, the Lakers are looking to move Jordan, along with Kent Bazemore. Not for players, but to clear roster spots for the impending buyout market. 

"They already off-loaded a player in Rajon Rondo to create a roster spot," says Windhorst. "and they are looking to do more of that. From teams that I've talked to, they are out there... looking to move DeAndre Jordan. Not necessarily for another player, but to move him so that they can open up another roster spot. 

"Kent Bazemore is another player they've been willing to talk about... They may look in the buyout market for another player or two."

According to NBA salary cap expert Yossi Gozlan, the Lakers have $4.4M in cash they can use as incentive to entice a team to take either of these players off their hands. They did the same in order to unload Rajon Rondo in the deal with Cleveland

The 33-year-old Jordan has averaged just 13 minutes a game this season for LA, with 4.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. Both numbers are down about 50% from his career marks. He is considered expendable at this point. 

Bazemore, a 10-year veteran, is also not playing a big role for the Lakers, averaging just 4.3 points in 18 minutes. 

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