LA Lakers, by all means, is struggling as a team. NBA trade rumors have often whirled around the Lakers like hurricane around a dancing kite. And while the subject of matching a Jordan Clarkson offer sheet may be the least of its problems, it is still a vital step toward resolving the team’s issues.
La Lakers, with its 5-24 standing, needs to get its act together long before the 2016-2017 season hits the bleachers. Settling the issue with Jordan Clarkson, who is soon to become a free agent if the team allows him to, should be right there on the top shelf of its priorities. Clarkson, who plays second to veteran Kobe Bryant, currently averages at 14.9 points per game. From being a point guard, he is also considered to soon become shooting guard, depending on whether D’Angelo Russell gets its rookie act in order.
The thing is, Jordan Clarkson, after completing his second season in the league, will be subject to the Gilbert Arena rule as a restricted free agent. The Lakers can spend up to $6 million to retain him. Also, because of the said rule, other teams’ offer sheet will also be limited to have a ceiling of $5.6 million for the 2016-2017 season.
This is why the LA Lakers, if they make the right move at the right time, can benefit by matching a Jordan Clarkson offer sheet, mainly because of the early bird rights and the Arenas rule working in concert to their advantage. Making a matching offer means they can have Clarkson at a sizable discount for another two years.
But according to the LA Times, the Lakers choosing to pay Clarkson closer to the $14.5 million on average he could seek in free agency means they can have the guard with a four-year deal. Eventually, this is good for the long-term, and actually conserves the team’s firepower, as well as a lot of money.
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