Jerome Jordan

Jerome Jordan To Play In China

Free agent center Jerome Jordan has signed with Jiangsu Tongxi of the Chinese Basketball Association, international journalist David Pick reports (Twitter link). The length and terms of the deal are not known, nor if it includes an NBA out clause. If his pact does not include such a clause, Jordan would be eligible to join an NBA team in the spring after the Chinese season ended.

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. Jordan wasn’t extended a qualifying offer by Brooklyn and became an unrestricted free agent as a result. The center had signed a one-year non-guaranteed deal with the team that included a partial guarantee of $100K only if he remained under contract through October 25th, 2014, but he stuck on the Nets all season, earning a full $816,482 salary.

Jordan was in training camp with the Pelicans this year, but New Orleans parted ways with him and his non-guaranteed minimum salary arrangement.

Pelicans Waive Jerome Jordan

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.

Southwest Notes: Jenkins, Splitter, Pelicans

John Jenkins is the leading scorer for the Mavericks in the preseason so far, and while that’s in large measure because of the absence of some of the team’s key figures, he’s making a strong impression, as Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News details. Jenkins, who left the Hawks in free agency this summer three years after Atlanta picked him 23rd overall, just wishes he could have shown off his game sooner, Sefko relays.

“I put in the work for three years and felt I earned a chance in Atlanta,” Jenkins said. “But I didn’t get it. A lot of guys just need an opportunity. I wasn’t a first-round pick for nothing.”

Jenkins is one of 15 Mavs with a fully guaranteed salary for this season, so his place on the roster seems relatively secure, Sefko posits, even though four Dallas players have partial guarantees. See more from around the Southwest Division:

Pelicans Sign Jerome Jordan

OCTOBER 11TH, 12:40pm: The signing is official, the team announced.

OCTOBER 10TH, 11:19am: The Pelicans have agreed to a deal with center Jerome Jordan, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports (Twitter link). The length and terms of the deal are unclear, but Spears refers to it as a “make good contract,” so it’s likely a non-guaranteed training camp pact. The move will give New Orleans 19 players, 13 of whom have full guarantees, as our roster count shows.

This is New Orleans’ second attempt to add depth at the center position, after revealing that starting center Omer Asik is set to miss three weeks with a right calf strain, and they’re also without backup center Alexis Ajinca for about four to six weeks as he recovers from a strained right hamstring. The team had reached an agreement with four-year NBA veteran Greg Smith, but he reportedly failed his physical, so the deal was called off.

Jordan, 29, 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.

Nets Set To Pass On Qualifying Offer For Jordan

The Nets aren’t expected to make a qualifying offer to Jerome Jordan, according to Devin Kharpertian of the Brooklyn Game (Twitter link; hat tip to NetsDaily). Failing to tender what would be a one-year offer of slightly more than $1.147MM would mean the Nets wouldn’t have the right to match competing offers for the reserve center when he enters free agency in July. Still, that wouldn’t preclude the Nets from re-signing him, notes Robert Windrem of NetsDaily (Twitter link), and coach Lionel Hollins likes the two-year veteran, according to Mike Mazzeo of (on Twitter).

Jordan was a success story from training camp, having signed a one-year non-guaranteed deal that featured a partial guarantee of $100K only if he remained under contract through October 25th. He stuck for the whole season, earning his entire minimum salary of more than $816K as he averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game across 44 appearances in the regular season. It was the Jamaican native’s first official NBA action since 2011/12, when he was with the Knicks, as he’d played in the D-League and overseas in the interim.

Extending the qualifying offer would leave the Nets vulnerable to having Jordan lock in a fully guaranteed salary at $200K more than the minimum for next season, a commitment that would be even more troublesome if the Nets end up having to pay repeat-offender tax penalties next year. Brooklyn can decline to make the qualifying offer and circle back later in the summer when the front office will ostensibly have a clearer picture of whether or not it’ll be in line to pay the tax, and the Nets can still retain Jordan’s Non-Bird rights in this scenario.

And-Ones: Oladipo, Jordan, Bryant

There are a number of young up-and-coming small forwards in the league. John Zitzler of Basketball Insiders profiles the ones he thinks will have breakout seasons in 2014/15. Here’s more from around the league:

  • Victor Oladipo underwent surgery to repair a facial fracture and is expected to be out for a month, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The Magic guard said that the surgery went well and vowed to come back strong in a pair of tweets.
  • $100K of Jerome Jordan‘s minimum salary was locked in today, as he remained on the roster beyond the partial guarantee date, as noted on the updated Nets salary sheet maintained by Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.
  • The Nets used their trade exception of $788,872 to receive Casper Ware‘s $816,482 contract in the trade that sent Marquis Teague to the Sixers, tweets Pincus. The incoming salary is allowed to exceed the exception within $100K. The Nets created a new exception equivalent to Teague’s salary, as we noted last night.
  • If Kobe Bryant has indeed scared away potential free agents, then Lakers management is to blame for the state of the franchise, Ken Berger of writes. One league executive tells Berger, “They’re [the Lakers] the ones that gave him a $48MM extension knowing that nobody wanted to play with him. And they were also the ones that gave away multiple first-round picks for an over-the-hill Steve Nash. Not to mention firing every coach that Magic [Johnson] decided he didn’t like.”
  • The WarriorsKlay Thompson has two outspoken allies in his quest for a contract extension, writes Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group. Thompson’s father Mychal, a former NBA player, has insisted that his son is worth a maximum-salary extension. The senior Thompson’s opinion was echoed earlier this week by former Warriors coach and current ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson. “It’s good to hear from guys like that because they both played in the NBA, and both were successful in the NBA and [have] been around the game for so many decades,” Klay Thompson said. “So if they think I’m that quality type of player, it makes me think highly of myself as well.”

Arthur Hill contributed to this post.

Nets Notes: Jordan, Sale, 44-Minute Game

The Nets must reduce their roster by at least two more players by opening night, though they will have to make those decisions with less time for evaluation than they might otherwise have had if not for Sunday’s experiment with a 44-minute game. Still, Brooklyn probably won’t feel the effects of the missing four minutes, and the same will probably be said of every other team, since it appears unlikely the shorter game time will become a permanent fixture in the league, writes Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. There’s more on the time-saving measure amid the latest on the Nets, as we detail.

  • Coach Lionel Hollins says he’s rooting for the team to keep Jerome Jordan, who’s on a non-guaranteed contract, for opening night, as Bondy relays in the same piece.
  • Bruce Ratner, who holds a minority stake in the Nets, has shifted focus from selling his 20% share of the team to selling his majority share of the Barclays Center, as Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reports in a subscription-only piece. Ratner’s desire to unload his portion of the franchise was reportedly behind Mikhail Prokhorov’s pledge this spring to curb his record spending on the team. The Barclays Center appeared to be part of talks that reportedly took place between Guggenheim investors and Nets owners, though Kaplan heard from a Guggenheim spokesperson who denied that any such discussion was taking place. At the very least, Nets-Guggenheim negotiations seem to have hit a snag.
  • Hollins credits Mavs coach Rick Carlisle with the idea of a 44-minute game, notes Alex Raskin of The Wall Street Journal. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn admits that better tailoring the game to fit TV time slots is an aim of the experiment, as Thorn tells Raskin.

And-Ones: Union, Ariza, Wizards, O’Neal, Nets

Players union executive director Michele Roberts is making $1.2MM this year, the first of a four-year contract, reports Scott Soshnick of Roberts, who officially began the job this week, tells Soshnick that she can earn an additional $600K each year of the pact via bonuses. Either way, it’s significantly less than the $3MM that predecessor Billy Hunter was making per year. Still, Roberts’ salary is on par with what first-year executive directors for the NFL and Major League Baseball players unions have made of late, as Soshnick points out. There’s more on Roberts amid the latest from around the league, as we pass along:

  • Roberts didn’t mince words with Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News in declaring her intention to establish credibility with players and not follow the path of Hunter, whose tenure ended amid allegations of corruption. “I’m sure there are people thinking, ‘Ahh, another politician-like person coming in trying to sell us a bunch of bull,’” Roberts said. “And that’s my job to win them over, to tell them, ‘No, this time it will be different or fire me. I want you to if I even dare replicate my predecessor.’”
  • Trevor Ariza was asking for $10MM salaries from the Wizards, but GM Ernie Grunfeld wouldn’t go that high in part because he was pursuing Paul Pierce, writes J. Michael of
  • Rasual Butler‘s similarities to Pierce helped him earn a spot on the Wizards preseason roster, but Xavier Silas and Damion James each has a better shot at making it to opening night, as Michael adds in the same piece.
  • Warriors GM Bob Myers spoke with veteran center Jermaine O’Neal on Monday, but Myers tells Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle that he still doesn’t have much clarity about whether O’Neal will retire or re-sign with Golden State.
  • Jerome Jordan‘s deal with the Nets becomes partially guaranteed for $100K should he remain on the roster through October 25th, not $150K as previously reported, a source tells Robert Windrem of Nets Daily (Twitter link).
  • Spurs assistant coach Sean Marks is moving off the bench and returning to the front office in a new role as assistant GM, the team announced. Marks spent two years as an executive before San Antonio made him an assistant coach last season.

Cray Allred contributed to this post. 

Contract Details: Barbosa, Turkoglu, Roberts Jr.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders is always diligent in keeping us informed of the nitty gritty details for all of the contracts around the league, and after his latest round of updates, he figures there are 493 contracts in place, 400 of which are guaranteed, and at least 43 of which will have to be cut before the regular season begins (Twitter links). We’ll link to his team salary sheets, noting specific player revelations where they apply:

  • Leandro Barbosa‘s one-year pact for the minimum with the Warriors is partially guaranteed at $150K.
  • Hedo Turkoglu‘s one-year minimum deal with the Clippers is fully guaranteed.
  • Ronald Roberts Jr.‘s deal with the Sixers is for four years at the minimum salary, including a team option for the final year. This season is partially guaranteed at $35K.
  • Chris Crawford‘s two-year contract with the Cavs is indeed for the minimum, with a partial guarantee of $20K this year, and a fully non-guaranteed 2015/16.
  • Jerome Jordan‘s camp deal with the Nets is for the minimum, as expected. The one-year agreement will become partially guaranteed at $150K if he remains with Brooklyn through October 25.
  • Dionte Christmas, Vernon Macklin, and Kevin Jones have identical one-year deals with the Pelicans, each of which are non-guaranteed.

Nets Sign Jerome Jordan For Camp

12:33pm: The deal is official, the Nets announced via press release.

12:08pm: The Nets have struck a deal to bring former Knicks center Jerome Jordan to training camp, reports Robert Windrem of Nets Daily. The precise terms aren’t immediately clear, but it’s almost certainly for the minimum salary, since that’s all the Nets can give. Jordan has put pen to paper, and an official announcement from the team is imminent, according to Windrem.

The 7’0″ Jordan saw sparce playing time in 21 games for the Knicks in 2011/12, having since played in the D-League, the Philippines, and last season with Granarolo Bologna of Italy. He also spent the 2012 preseason with the Grizzlies. The former 44th overall pick out of Tulsa was briefly with the Rockets, who acquired him from New York as part of the Marcus Camby sign-and-trade in July 2012, but Houston waived him shortly thereafter. The Knicks appeared to have passing interest in a reunion last summer, but a deal never materialized.

The Nets have been carrying just 13 fully guaranteed contracts, as Windrem points out and as our roster counts show. So, Jordan appears to have a decent shot to make it to opening night if he can edge out Cory Jefferson, who has a partial guarantee worth $75K, and Jorge Gutierrez, whose non-guaranteed deal will become partially guaranteed for $25K if he sticks on the roster through September 26th. Agent Daniel Moldovan said in July that shooting guard Michael Jenkins would join the Nets for camp, too, but the team has yet to make that deal official.