The Rockets are going small, but Nets big man DeAndre Jordan doesn’t see it as the next big thing in the NBA.
Houston, while starting 6-foot-5 forward P.J. Tucker at center after trading Clint Capela to Atlanta ahead of the trade deadline, defeated the Lakers in Los Angeles on Thursday night behind 41 points from Russell Westbrook.
Jordan, a former All-Star center with the Clippers, doesn’t believe this will become a new trend across the league.
“I don’t care. I care about the Nets. That’s the team I’m on right now,” Jordan said 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.”
The Nets have signed swingman Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to a reported two-year deal after his second 10-day contract expired Tuesday.
The 6-7 Frenchman is shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range in 25 appearances for the Nets this season.
“I was really thrilled. I sent him a text yesterday, ‘tu, l’as merite bien.’ You earned it. You really earned it,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He texted me back in French, which was nice, ‘I appreciate you, Coach.’ So we had a nice exchange.
“It adds to our international players, and I like that. He fits the style. We play an international style and he fits it. And he earned it. And not just to say he’s shot it well. I think what the coaches are most impressed with is the question with him is he going to defend at this level? Is he going to give you the grit at this level? He did, so that was just consensus with [GM] Sean [Marks], the front office, coaches, we really wanted to go forward with this guy.”