The Pelicans continue to shuffle their preseason roster, announcing today that they have waived center Jerome Jordan. Jordan’s minimum salary arrangement was non-guaranteed, so New Orleans won’t be responsible for any money as a result of parting ways with the player. The Pelicans’ roster count now sits at 19 players, which includes the recently signed Nate Robinson and Bo McCalebb.
Jordan was signed in an attempt to add depth at the center position after the Pelicans revealed that starting center Omer Asik is set to miss three weeks with a right calf strain, and the team is also without backup center Alexis Ajinca for about four to six weeks as he recovers from a strained right hamstring. New Orleans had reached an agreement with four-year NBA veteran Greg Smith, but he reportedly failed his physical, so his deal was called off. The team also released center Mirza Begić earlier today just two days after signing him.
The 29-year-old Jordan appeared in 44 contests for the Nets last season, averaging 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game. His slash line was .532/.000/.864.