The Brooklyn Nets signed center Jerome Jordan, the team announced today.
Jordan was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 44th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft following an effective senior year at Tulsa University, and was sold to the New York Knicks on draft night. He played 21 games with the Knicks while being shuffled between the NBA and the D-League in 2011-12, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game. After the season, he was then traded to the Houston Rockets in the deal that helped the Knicks acquire Marcus Camby in 2012 and promptly waived. He has not played in the NBA since. He last played in the Italian League, averaging 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game over 24 games with Virtus Bologna, and with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Las Vegas Summer League this offseason.
The 27-year-old Jordan’s deal is likely only for training camp, and his chances of making the Nets are slim, but not impossible. The Nets have two players on non-guaranteed contracts — point guard Jorge Gutierrez and rookie forward Cory Jefferson — and either could be cut to make room for Jordan if he makes a big enough impression in training camp. As the old saying goes, you can’t teach size, and Jordan’s got plenty of it, measuring at an even 7 feet tall with a 7’6″ wingspan.