NBA Rumors: Jordan Clarkson willing to resign with Lakers but does Luke Walton want him back?

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NBA Rumors: Jordan Clarkson willing to resign with Lakers but does Luke Walton want him back?

Jordan Clarkson is one of the top free agents this 2016 offseason and the Los Angeles Lakers guards has been involved in lots of NBA rumors about his decision to stay or sign with another NBA team this summer. With the recent Lakers’ move to hire Luke Walton as head coach, Clarkson stated that the move will have an effect on his decision in free agency.

“It really impacts it a lot. That style of play fits me, as well as the other guys. I definitely want to stay here in L.A. and be here. I said in my exit interview, I don’t want to be that guy who bounces around from team to team,” Clarkson said via ESPN.com.

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“I want to be here in L.A. — a place where I can call home — and leave a legacy. The hiring makes it even better.”

Jordan Clarkson is a restricted free agent, which means he can sign with any other NBA team but the Lakers has a chance to match the contract offer and retain him. There are NBA rumors that the Lakers will prioritize signing other better free agents first rather than Clarkson and this could be the window for the young guard to move to another squad.

Clarkson was one of the best players for the Lakers in the season where they had the worst record in franchise history. Los Angeles could have one of the top three picks in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft but other NBA rumors out of L.A. is that they are willing to trade the top prospect for an established veteran star.

Recently, Lakers management said they have identified the top five or six young players as part of their core and that could mean Jordan Clarkson along with other top young guys in D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.

However, Clarkson will wait and see what kind of contract the Lakers will offer him in free agency and if other teams are willing to give him a bigger contract. Clarkson is a free agent for the first time in his career and on his way to earning a lucrative deal.

Will the Lakers give the huge deal to Clarkson? Does new coach Luke Walton see him as part of the Lakers’ long-term plans? NBA rumors will surround Clarkson and the Lakers until July when free agency opens.

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