Jordan Clarkson is set to become a restricted free agent when the process starts on July 1. According to the latest Lakers rumors, Clarkson wants to stay in Los Angeles and he is even willing to come off the bench to the help team.
The Lakers selected Clarkson with the 46th overall pick out of the University of Missouri in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. He averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his second season.
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In an interview with Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News, Clarkson revealed his desire to stay with the Lakers. He mentioned that he wants to finish what the team started two years ago when the rebuilding process started.
“We had two tough years, but I don’t want to be a guy that is afraid and will run away from challenges. I want to be a part of the situation when it turns around because I was here when it was down. I never want to leave,” Clarkson said.
The 24-year-old also noted that he’s willing to be the sixth man if that is what the Lakers wants him to do. Clarkson is a starter-quality player but he might be better suited as the first option off the bench. He’s a scorer that can easily attack the rim and he’s shooting has been improving.
“I will do anything a team asks me to do. If it’s to come off the bench, I would impact the game by coming off the bench. If I were to start, I would impact the game as a starter. I would impact the game either way,” he said.
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As for the money he wants to receive from the Lakers, Clarkson said that he does not care about it. He is putting it at the hands of his sports agency, Octagon.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, it is almost sure that the Lakers will re-sign him but his camp might seek better offer sheets. The New York Knicks were recently linked with Clarkson as some within the organization are a fan of him.
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