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He may be an aging big man in a league that is shifting towards increased pace of play and three-point attempts, but DeAndre Jordan still provides a consistent option for teams looking to increase front court depth. Even in a league with a changing landscape, Jordan still put up consistent numbers last year, averaging 11 points (PPG) and 13.1 rebounds (RPG) while shooting 64.1 percent from the field.
At 30 years old, Jordan is no longer an asset teams can build a nucleus around, but can still provide depth and solid rim protection for teams looking to win now.
With that in mind, here are four likely free agent destinations for Jordan.
4. Brooklyn Nets
While the Nets aren't exactly what jumps into mind when thinking of NBA contenders, the team surprised a lot of critics last year when they made the playoffs as a six seed. With rumors of Kevin Durant possibly playing in a Nets' uniform next year, they could be competing for an NBA title sooner than most people expected. If they can re-sign star point guard, D'Angelo Russell, and bring in a major superstar like Durant, it would behoove them to sign Jordan as someone who could stabilize the interior of their defense.
3. Golden State Warriors
Despite their storied success, the Warriors always seem to be a little low on big man depth. Their late-season signing of veteran Andrew Bogut this year serves as the best example of this. They also have a history of bringing in slightly past their prime, former all-stars to bolster their roster for deep playoff runs (see: Cousins, DeMarcus). While Golden State's offseason plans are still very much up in the air, there is no doubt that they will be looking to contend again next season. So, if winning an NBA Championship is a priority for Jordan, taking a pay cut in order to play on a team that has made it to the finals five straight seasons might not be the worst idea.
2. Dallas Mavericks
Despite being traded to New York by the Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis deal last February, there's a chance Jordan could end up back in Dallas this summer. He is, after all, from Texas, and the Mavericks, even with the addition of Porzingis, need help down low. Dallas will have plenty of cap space to play with this summer (roughly $56 million as of now), but if they miss out on premier free agents, Jordan could work out as an excellent consolation price at a much more manageable rate.
1. New York Knicks
There are two possible scenarios for the New York Knicks' 2019 offseason. Either they are able to bring in one (or more) superstars like Durant and Kyrie Irving, or they continue to build around their young players and whoever they draft with the third overall pick. Jordan is a great free agent option for them, because he fits into both of those scenarios. He offers immediate value as a role player and an interior defensive presence. However, he could also take on the role of veteran in a young locker room, by using his 10 years of NBA experience to mentor a youthful team. This would be critical in helping young players Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson reach their full potential. Jordan has also reportedly expressed interest in resigning with New York.
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