Former Dallas Mavericks who changed teams this offseason: Jordan lands in Denver
The Mavs have a long and tangled history with DeAndre Jordan. It started back in 2015 when the 6’11 big man agreed to come to Dallas in free agency before backing out and staying with the Clippers. Mark Cuban and company thought they finally caught a big fish in free agency. Jordan was just named third-team All-NBA and first-team All-Defense, but he decided to stay in LA after the Clippers made a hard push to retain his services.
He became a free agent again in 2018, and this time the All-Star big man decided to sign with the Mavericks. Jordan was the team’s starting center during Luka Doncic’s rookie season before being traded to the New York Knicks in the original Kristaps Porzingis deal.
Since that trade, he has bounced around the league. Jordan signed a one-year veteran minimum deal to join the Nuggets this offseason. Denver will be his sixth team since 2018, and the 6’11 big man is set to backup reigning two-time MVP Nikola Jokic.
Jordan is still an elite rebounder, but the 34-year-old has struggled to stay on the court in recent years. His defense has gone from an elite to unplayable, so it will be interesting to see if DeAndre Jordan can carve out a consistent role in Denver this season.