A few days ago, I outlined a few second-tiered level players Los Angeles should consider. However, that list included just one big man. Another serviceable big man the Lakers may want to target is DeAndre Jordan.
Coincidentally, reports have surfaced about the Lakers being interested in the 11-year veteran. This makes sense for a couple of reasons: 1) The Lakers may be able to get Jordan at a reasonable price considering his offensive game is somewhat limited and 2) Jordan wants to return to the area, having spent the first 10 years of his career in L.A. as a member the Los Angeles Clippers prior to signing with the Mavericks last season.
On the plus side, DJ put up 11.0 points and 13.1 rebounds in 69 games with the Mavs and New York Knicks last season, and has averaged a double-double in each of the last six seasons. In addition to that, Jordan can finish around the rim with the best of them.
During his career, he has converted 82.9 percent of his attempts from 0-3 feet and he is shooting a jaw-dropping 67 percent from the field overall. The question here is how much are the Lakers willing to invest in a traditional rim-running center who isn’t much of a threat outside of the paint from an offensive standpoint?