Report: Jordan to join Lakers after trade to Pistons, buyout

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Center DeAndre Jordan intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after the Detroit Pistons buy out his contract following a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooklyn traded Jordan plus four second-round picks and gave $5.78 million to the Pistons for center Jahlil Okafor and forward Sekou Doumbouya on Friday.

Detroit plans to buy out the remaining two years and $20 million owed to Jordan, according to Wojnarowski, who adds the Nets will save $47 million in salary and taxes following the trade.

Jordan will give back $4 million in the buyout of his contract, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The Nets signed the one-time All-Star to a four-year, $40-million contract in July 2019. The veteran big man appeared in 113 games for Brooklyn across two seasons, averaging 7.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and one block per contest.

Jordan led the NBA in total rebounds for two straight seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15), and he made the All-NBA first team in 2015-16 after averaging 12.7 points per game and shooting above 70% from the field.

If Jordan signs with Los Angeles, he'll join a loaded team featuring LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.

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