Did the Nets sign Jerome Jordan as Kevin Garnett insurance?
As of last update, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said Kevin Garnett hadn’t told him whether or not he’s retiring.
Maybe the Nets privately know Garnett’s plan. But if not, they must ready contingencies, and this move fits the mold:
Jordan is big and has some impressive athletic traits, but that alone isn’t enough to play at an NBA level.
The 7-foot, 250-pound center was drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Tulsa. He played 21 games for the 2011-12 Knicks, spending the rest of his pro career in the D-League and overseas.
The Nets already have 15 players, including Jorge Gutierrez (whose unguaranteed salary becomes $25,000 guaranteed before training camp begins) and Cory Jefferson (whose salary is $75,000 guaranteed). There’s a chance Jordan could overtake either for a roster spot, but that’s unlikely.
If Garnett returns, Jordan probably gets cut before the regular season begins. But if Garnett bucks convention and retires, Jordan could be in line for a roster spot.