The Philadelphia 76ers are rising as front-runners to accumulate heart DeAndre Jordan both as a waiver declare or a free-agent signing, sources informed ESPN on Monday.
The Sixers have been aggressive in pursuit of a backup heart since together with Andre Drummond within the trade-deadline deal to accumulate James Harden from the Brooklyn Nets, sources mentioned, and the Lakers’ waiving of Jordan on Monday strikes the Sixers nearer to filling that roster gap.
The 33-year-old Jordan, who signed a one-year, $2.6 million minimal deal to hitch the Lakers this season, would save the Sixers $2.three million in luxurious tax if he signed a free-agent deal as a substitute of getting claimed on waivers.
The Sixers have an open roster spot to tackle Jordan, who began 19 video games this season earlier than dropping out of Los Angeles’ rotation. Jordan was All-NBA first crew with the LA Clippers in 2016 and a two-time All-NBA defensive first-team alternative in 2015 and ’16.
The Lakers, in the meantime, plan to signal level guard D.J. Augustin with their open roster spot, sources informed ESPN.
Augustin, 34, performed 34 video games with the Houston Rockets this season, averaging 5.four factors and a pair of.2 assists. L.A. has been with out a true backup level guard to spell Russell Westbrook after buying and selling Rajon Rondo to Cleveland in January.
L.A. additionally plans to signal ahead Wenyen Gabriel to a two-way contract, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Info from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Bobby Marks was used on this report.