NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson targets Jordan Clarkson; but will the guard leave Lakers this summer?

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NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson targets Jordan Clarkson; but will the guard leave Lakers this summer?

The Knicks‘ president Phil Jackson has targeted the Lakers‘ guard Jordan Clarkson this summer, according to sources. But will Clarkson consider leaving Los Angeles this offseason?

Clarkson was a second-round pick of the Lakers in 2014. The Filipino-American point guard ranked second in the New York Knicks‘ scoring list last season and is drawing more trade interest than his team-mates of the Lakers‘ young core consisting of Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell. Clarkson becomes a restricted free agent this summer.

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The Knicks have a huge role in point guard position and Clarkson is considered as the best fit. According to Ian Begley of the ESPN, the Lakers‘ guard is Phil Jackson’s latest priority this offseason.

“Restricted Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson also has fans in the Knicks organization, but it seems as if Los Angeles will retain the second-year player.” Wrote Begley, conceding that the Lakers are also eager to retain their point guard for the third season.

But will Clarkson consider the Knicks‘ offer? it’s quite expected that the guard will return to Los Angeles to hone his skills under newly appointed coach Luke Walton.

There is another barrier for Jackson to attract the young guard with a lucrative offer. Clarkson falls under the ‘Arenas Rule’. So another team can’t approach him with an offer which exceeds the mid-level exception for the first year salary.

Clarkson forms one of the best young core of the NBA in Lakers with the likes of Russell, Julius Randle, Lance Nancy Jr and the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, which the Lakers own. He is also excited to feature with the other guys under Luke Walton. So, it’s a tough challenge for Jackson and company to rope in the talented point guard this summer.

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