Jordan Clarkson is Los Angeles Lakers’ best bet as a trading piece when mid-season reshuffling arrives. The Fil-American point guard, who was the Laker’s breakout player, in last season’s crushing 2014 NBA campaign is currently averaging 15. 2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per outing in 31. 5 minutes of playing time in the last 22 games.
Despite such an output, the Lakers are more glued to a future with the duo of 2014 NBA seventh overall draft pick Julius Randle and their 19-year-old 2nd overall 2015 draft pick D’Angelo Russell, according to Yibada.
Clarkson and Russell were highly expected to cook up a storm when the Los Angeles front office chose the latter in the draft instead a strong backcourt tandem hardly materialized. Yibada also added that the rookie point guard instead gelled well with burly power forward Randle as determined by the coaching staff.
Both players are riding the bench right now for a latter future engagement as the long cornerstone of the purple and gold Kobe Bryant is having the last run this season in the court before he finally hangs his jersey for retirement.
Today’s Fast Break quoted a scouting report from last summer’s Las Vegas boot camp which said that:
“I think they’ll fit well together. They can both shoot, pass and dribble. They can play both positions and split duties. They just need time to develop.”
Adding more uncertainty to Clarkson’s longevity in the City of Angels is that the Lakers took in Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams from the Toronto Raptors. Willaims also plays the guard position and is signed for three years with the Lakers.
According to Sports World Report, Clarkson, who will become a restricted free agent will likely venture for a higher payroll in a different team. An option which they could ride along at the moment especially with the Lakers’ interest for Kevin Durant or DeMarcus Cousins. It would help a lot if they’ll throw in Nick Young and Roy Hibbert to lit up the deal.
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