Nuggets’ DeAndre Jordan talks Nikola Jokic, his role and chasing a championship

DeAndre Jordan heard the recruiting pitch from Jeff Green. He spoke, at length, with Nuggets coach Michael Malone. He saw how formidable Denver could become when healthy, and he wanted a piece of it.

Shortly after free agency started, the Nuggets and Jordan agreed on a one-year deal for a veteran’s minimum salary, league sources said. Entering his 15th season in the NBA, Jordan is under no illusions about his role with the team. According to Jordan, Malone was honest and direct with him during several conversations.

“Well, he told me that I’m gonna come in and start over Nikola (Jokic),” Jordan deadpanned during a phone conversation with The Denver Post.

A former All-Star, gold medalist and All-NBA center, the 6-foot-11 Jordan knows the days of those accolades are behind him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t contribute to a team chasing a championship — the one goal that’s eluded him throughout his career.

Green, who played with Jordan first on the Clippers and later on the Nets, sold him on the selfless environment in Denver and the benefits of playing alongside (or in Jordan’s case, behind) Nikola Jokic.

“Obviously everybody knows that Nikola is the head of the snake, so with that, my role being obviously coming off the bench, helping our second unit with pace, screens and getting guys open, getting guys better shots and also finishing everything that I can in transition, offensive rebounds, controlling the glass for…

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