Sixers Set to Sign DeAndre Jordan, Waive Willie Cauley-Stein
The Sixers are expected to add free agent center DeAndre Jordan after 5 p.m. today, barring an unexpected waiver claim by another team, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Jordan is expected to provide the Sixers with more depth behind Joel Embiid, who have been searching for someone to fill that role since moving Andre Drummond to Brooklyn in the Ben Simmons trade.
While Jordan was once an All-NBA first team and All-NBA defensive first-team center, Jordan was All-NBA first team with the Clippers, but has shown very little for the past two seasons, since his prime days in LA.
"He is not going to fix the issue that they have," said NBA writer Keith Smith from Spotrac.com said on The Sports Bash on Thursday.
Once Jordan clears waivers, the Sixers plan to release Willie Cauley-Stein, who is nearing the end of a 10-day contract, sources tell Woj.
Jordan averaged 4.1 points, 5.4 rebounds,and 0.8 blocks in 32 games for the Lakers this season.
While it might not seem like a big deal, the Sixers have had this position hurt them in playoff series in the past. Greg Monroe in the Toronto series comes to mind, Amir Johnson, Boban Marjanović are some of the guys who have played that role in the past.
Its an odd situation with Cauley-Stein, after Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that he anticipated using Cauley-Stein more because they needed a rim protector, but when they went to the bench on Wednesday night, Rivers went to veteran Paul Millsap in that spot.
Cauley-Stein has gotten very little time since joining the team on a 10-day deal, playing in five total minutes.