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Woj: Rockets inquired about DeAndre Jordan at deadline ... but were rebuffed

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In an Instragram Story posted Friday night, Adrian Wojnarowski suggested the Nets could have been become the fifth team in Thursday’s blockbuster deal put together by the Rockets Daryl Morey ... if they had been willing to give up DeAndre Jordan.

Rockets fan Adam Abramson tweeted out the video...

“Here’s one bit of interesting information from the Br... uh, the trade deadline,” Woj started. “The Rockets tried to engage the Nets on DeAndre Jordan, their center. When they were working on their four-team, 12 player deal that landed them Robert Covington and moved Clint Capela out, they had a window — once that trade was agreed to — of about 24 hours where they could have added up to $12 million in salary. Their owner, Tilman Fertitta, had okayed that.

“Now Brooklyn wasn’t interested in moving Jordan but it shows you they certainly would have liked to have more size.”

Woj doesn’t detail the outlines of the proposed deal, but it appears any players or draft picks that Houston was willing to send Brooklyn’s way weren’t among those assets it had already committed to the larger deal.

Jordan, a former All-Star center, makes $9.9 million this season, the first of a four-year, $40 million deal. He, of course, joined the Nets as part of the 2019 free agency coup that netted his pals and fellow Olympic gold medalists Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. KD and Kyrie wanted the Nets to add Jordan to the mix. He’s mostly been a back-up to Jarrett Allen and currently averages 7.9 points and 9.6 rebounds, tops in the NBA for a bench player.

On Friday, DJ was asked about Houston going to a small ball lineup and predicted, perhaps with some inside knowledge, that the Rockets plan isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

“I don’t care. I care about the Nets. That’s the team I’m on right now,” Jordan said, a bit miffed, after practice. “One team is doing that. That’s the direction of the NBA?

“I’m just saying if one team out of 30 goes small, that don’t mean everybody else is doing it. So I don’t care, nor do I agree with that statement.”