Jordan Clarkson became the center of rumors for the Los Angeles Lakers after being asked in re-signing for the team on his upcoming free agency.
According to a report at CBS Sports, Lakers head coach Byron Scott said on a post-season exit interview that Jordan Clarkson won’t play next season if he will not improve defensively. Scott seemed to be very disappointed with the Lakers young guard wherein based on the statistics at NBA.com, players went 62.5 percent from the field on shots Clarkson defended.
“If we get the right players in here and if he doesn’t do it, he won’t play much,” Scott said of Clarkson via Lakers Nation. “It’s that simple.”
However, Jordan Clarkson expressed his desire to stay on the team and said that he was confident that the Lakers would re-sign him in the nearing free agency.
“I feel confident I’ll be back here. I want to be here,” Clarkson said via CBS Sports. “I want to be one of those guys that is not bouncing around from team to team. I want to be somewhere where I can come home and leave my mark or legacy or somewhere I can call home. I feel like this is the place I can do that.”
Clarkson had shown the potential to be an All-star in his first two years in the NBA but admitted that he has more to improve. Since Clarkson will be a restricted free agent, the Lakers could match any offer other teams pitch if ever they would want to re-sign the sophomore guard.
The Lakers will have a chance to get a quality player in the NBA draft but still have the option to choose between the stars who will become a free agent in the upcoming off-season.
Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden and Hassan Whiteside were among the players who were on the shopping list of the Los Angeles Lakers. According to a previous report, the Lakers had enough salary cap to hire two maximum-salaried players meaning re-signing Clarkson won’t be a problem.
Still, the Lakers management has the final say if they would re-sign Clarkson or let him play for another team, but to better shape the team’s future, the Lakers must also consider a coaching change.
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