The Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has had a hectic offseason schedules. The 25-year-old Filipino-American professional basketball player has had to deal with hearing his name in plenty of trade rumors and tremendous speculations in the past few months.
It was recently revealed that the University of Missouri product was a part of a trade package that the L.A. Lakers offered to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for star player Paul George. Clarkson and power forward Julius Randle were both offered to the said ball club along with the 27th and 28th overall picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Pacers ended up trading Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for shooting guard Victor Oladipo and power forward Domantas Sabonis. Despite George being traded, Clarkson has yet again found himself linked to another NBA trade rumors.
Earlier this week it was divulged that the Lakers would be willing to trade him if it meant freeing up more salary cap room in the future. The Purple and Gold team are reportedly optimistic that the franchise itself would be able to move Clarkson should the need came to light.
As for now, Clarkson remains on-board the Lakers’ roster. Jordan Clarkson, who was selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round with the 46th overall pick and was immediately traded to the Lakers, was the only remainder in the Lakers’ backcourt from the previous season. Gone are 2016 NBA season’s starters D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young. Russell was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a cap saving progress. While Young opted out of his contract and ended up signing with the defending champions Golden State Warriors.
The Los Angeles will deploy the No. 2 overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft, Lonzo Ball, and free agent acquisition Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Tyler Ennis was re-signed to a two-year contract deal, and Josh Hart was landed with the 30th overall selection in the draft.
With that being said, that left Clarkson in the sixth man role off the bench as a combo guard and he will be relied upon for some leadership. As long as Clarkson remains on the lineup, the organization will have a high expectations from him.
Clarkson’s skill set plays an important role with the second unit, and the Lakers President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, has pretty high expectations for him heading into the 2017-18 NBA season.
“We’re excited about our season,” Johnson said before taking questions from the kids. “He (Clarkson) is going to play a major role in us being a better team this year. We felt we put some weapons around him that would even make his game better. I have challenged him because I want him to be Sixth Man of the Year, so I’ve challenged him to play like that. I think he has the potential, the talent, he’s worked hard this summer.”
Those are skyrocketing aspirations for Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson undoubtedly has the the skills set and talent to be in the running and is in a great spot to achieve tremendous success.
Clarkson should bloom in the sixth man role as he will be provided the opportunity to do what he does best; net the ball. Clarkson should take advantage from playing alongside a professional basketballer as talented at passing the ball as Lonzo Ball.