Nets' DeAndre Jordan out vs. 76ers; Finger Injury Diagnosed as Dislocation

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2020

BROOKLYN, NY - OCTOBER 4: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on before the game against the Basketball Club of Brazil on October 4, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan will not return to Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers after suffering a dislocated right middle finger late in the second quarter.

Jordan split his time in 2018-19 between the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks after the Mavericks sent him to the Big Apple as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade. He averaged 11.0 points, 13.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 69 appearances for the season.

In a surprising twist this summer, Jordan returned to New York but didn't re-sign with the Knicks, instead putting pen to paper on a four-year, $39.9 million deal with the Nets.

Brooklyn was one of the offseason's biggest winners, landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, as well.

Many were surprised the Nets gave Jordan such a sizable salary since Jarrett Allen made some strides in his sophomore campaign. Jordan has largely served as the backup, though, so as not to disrupt Allen's development on the court.

Allen's presence is an obvious luxury for the Nets as they still have an effective rim protector even without Jordan in the lineup. Depth behind him, though, may become an issue without Jordan.

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