Interim Nets coach Jacque Vaughn replaces Jarrett Allen with DeAndre Jordan in starting lineup

Center DeAndre Jordan will start for the Brooklyn Nets under interim head coach Jacque Vaughn. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Jacque Vaughn is moving center DeAndre Jordan into the starting lineup, his first major decision after taking over on Saturday.

The Nets play the Chicago Bulls at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Vaughn will move Jarrett Allen, a first-round pick in the 2017 draft, to the bench for Jordan, an 11-year veteran in his first season in Brooklyn.

Jordan and Allen were sharing time throughout the season. Jordan averages 8.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game. He’s started only four games. Allen averages 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game.

Vaughn will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season after the Nets announced Saturday morning they were “mutually parting ways” with Kenny Atkinson. The team is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 28-34 record while dealing with injuries.

Players were reportedly unhappy with Atkinson, including Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant:

Durant, Irving and Jordan are close. Zach Lowe of ESPN said on his podcast after the firing that Jordan coming off the bench was a simmering issue with the Nets players.

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