DeAndre Jordan talks contract signing, title aspirations and veteran role with Nuggets

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – APRIL 02: DeAndre Jordan #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers signals after scoring in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center on April 02, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user accepts the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Compelling words from two of the Denver Nuggets’ vocal leaders prompted DeAndre Jordan to head to the Mile High City.

Jeff Green, his former Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets teammate, and head coach Michael Malone made a wonderful recruiting pitch on the big man.

And with his 15th season in the league underway, Jordan fully understands what he will bring to the table for the starving Nuggets team.

“Obviously everyone knows that Nikola (Jokic) is the head of the snake,” Jordan said in an interview with Mike Singer of the Denver Post. “So with that my role is obviously to come off the bench, help our second unit with pace, screens and open up guys, get better shots from guys and also finish everything that I can in transition, offensive rebounds, controlling the glass for our unit, also being a defensive presence for as long as I’m there.

After two split stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers last season, Jordan will arrive in Colorado and should contribute as a big reserve man off the bench accordingly.

Already sporting an Olympic gold medal with a few league accolades under his belt, Jordan remains in search of the ultimate prize – a championship ring.

With the way Denver remains built, he has a chance with them to win that elusive title. Defending MVP Nikola Jokic is now expected to be supported by Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. after their respective injury layoffs.

The veteran center admitted the Golden Ball is the only one that keeps pushing him to grind and further his NBA career.

“I’m going into my 15th year, man, I was a second-round pick, I’ve done a lot of great things in this league, individually and also with the teams I’ve been on,” Jordan said. “I know the respect I have for myself, and also that my peers have for me…(Winning a title) is the only thing that still motivates me at this stage of my career.”

As a role player now, Jordan has made no secret of the locker room presence he brings to every team he is on.

His veteran leadership remains vital, and it’s something he will be proud of as he claims.

“Since I was with the Clippers, growing up, I learned from some great veterans to be a great locker room presence even if things weren’t going my way,” Jordan said. “I’ve done that throughout my career, and I think it’s something I’m proud of.”

As Denver looks set for a season of revenge, Jordan’s motivating and vocal aura will be appreciated for this ball club. Indeed, he can be a terrific piece to help them rise to the top of the NBA world.


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