Jerome Jordan, a 7'1" center who last played in the NBA for the Knicks two years ago, has been signed to a training camp contract, a league source tells NetsDaily. The signing was made official later Thursday.
Jordan, who played collegiately at Tulsa, was selected at No. 44 in the 2010 Draft by the Bucks but never played for Milwaukee. He first played overseas and in the D-League while his rights were shunted around the NBA. At one point or another, he's had chances with the Lakers, Knicks, Pacers, Grizzlies and Rockets. He finally wound up with Knicks in the 2011-12 season. For New York, Jordan, now 27, averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 21 games, averaging 5.1 minutes per game.
Jordan has a 7'6" wingspan and a soft touch but scouts say he does not appear to enjoy contact and lacks toughness.
Jordan played last season in Italy with Virtus Bologna, where he averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 24 games, averaging 18.6 minutes per game. He split the 2012-13 season playing in the NBA Development League for the Reno Bighorns (24 games) and the Los Angeles D-Fenders (18 games). Jordan was named to the 2013 All-NBA D-League Third Team after averaging 12.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 42 games (36 starts).
Most recently, he played limited minutes for the Lakers in the Las Vegas summer league. A member of the Jamaican national team, he will be the sixth international player on the Nets roster.
The Nets currently have 15 players on their roster, but only 13 fully guaranteed. Both Jorge Gutierrez ($25,000) and Cory Jefferson ($75,000) have partial guarantees. If Jordan makes the final roster, he would receive a second year vets minimum deal, $915,243.
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