LaMarcus Aldridge is on his way back to the Brooklyn Nets.
And DeAndre Jordan is on his way out.
The Nets officially announced Friday evening that Aldridge, 36, had re-signed with the team after briefly retiring in April due to an irregular heartbeat. ESPN reported the deal is for one year at $2.6 million.
“I retired in April based on what I believed was the wisest precautionary decision for my personal health at the time, but further testing and evaluation by several top physicians has convinced the doctors, myself and the Nets that I’m fully cleared and able to return to the rigors of the NBA,” Aldridge, a seven-time NBA All-Star, told ESPN in a statement. “I loved my brief time with Brooklyn and am excited to rejoin the team in pursuit of a championship.”
Aldridge will join a veteran frontcourt in Brooklyn that also features Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap, along with Nic Claxton and rookie Day’Ron Sharpe.
Aldridge signed with the Nets in March after getting a buyout from the San Antonio Spurs. He has averaged 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in his career.
“We’re excited to have [Aldridge],” Nets coach Steve Nash said when the team first obtained him in March. “He’s a skilled big who can shoot it, score around the basket, is an experienced vet. He brings a nice skillset to our team, he adds size and has shooting range so we’re excited to all the things he brings and look forward to incorporating him as soon as possible.”
Meantime, Jordan intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after being dealt to the Detroit Pistons in a sign-and-trade, ESPN reported.
The Nets reportedly dealt Jordan, four second-round picks and $5.78 million to Detroit, which planned to buyout the remaining two years and $20 million on Jordan’s contract, sources told ESPN.
Brooklyn acquired former Duke star Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya in the trade, but it’s not clear if they plan to keep either player, ESPN reported.
The Nets have dealt away a slew of draft picks to build what they believe is a championship contender led by Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
Jordan initially signed with the Nets in 2019 along with Durant and Irving, but fell out of Nash’s rotation last season as the team reached the Eastern Conference semifinals before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks.
He returns to Los Angeles, where he spent 10 years with the Clippers, and joins a veteran Lakers team that also has Dwight Howard and Marc Gasol at the center position.
“We appreciate everything DeAndre has contributed to our organization over the past two seasons both on and off the court and wish him and his family the best moving forward,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks.