The Los Angeles Lakers are showing positive signs ahead of the upcoming NBA season in spite of playing for the first time without superstar Kobe Bryant. With new coach Luke Walton comes fresh changes, which includes playing Jordan Clarkson off the bench.
The Lakers are starting off the franchise’ worst record of 17-65, where the only way left to go is up. Will a roster that includes Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell be enough to plow their way up to a greener pasture?
Incidentally, none of those names paved the way for the Lakers to win against the Nuggets like Lou Williams, who stepped up his game when it mattered most.
Interestingly enough, since L.A. is bent on developing Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell there are NBA rumors circulating that a Lou Williams trade is possible to favor such goal.
Lou Williams is possibly considered being sent back to the Raptors, where he’ll have a seamless transition, in terms of chemistry playing with his previous team. Other NBA rumors say he could be useful as a back up to the Cavs’ Kyrie Irving.
The main argument of this speculation is based on Lou Williams taking minutes of Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell, who are widely regarded as the new leaders of the team.
Jordan Clarkson, in fact, has been moved to the bench, which could be detrimental to his improvement.
However, according to a report by the L.A. Times Luke Walton has likened Clarkson’s move to the bench to that of Lamar Odom, and the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili.
Manu Ginobili may be regarded as the best Sixth Man in NBA history, and has helped the Spurs win 4 titles. Like Manu Ginobili, Clarkson may be playing starter minutes still, but with a role of a “starter” in a 2nd unit.
Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell have both been playing important roles for L.A. where Walton has admittedly not yet made up their starting five.
Is there any truth to NBA rumors of a Lou Williams trade as a back up to Kyrie Irving?
There is nothing concrete that supports it at the moment, but Luke Walton, who worked side-by-side with Steve Kerr, may not go for it and will follow the Warrior’s template of strength by the numbers. After all, it appears that Jordan Clarkson back in the bench may just work out fine for them, as it did with Manu Ginobili and the Spurs.
“But if he continues to play well … I don’t look at it as really coming off the bench.” Luke Walton said. It’s more of a way of getting a starter in with the second unit so you don’t have a drop off.”
On sacrificing off the bench, Jordan Clarkson said in a report by Lakers Nation, “Don’t matter to me as long as I’m on the court, playing minutes. I’m going to impact the game some way, if that’s defensively or offensively. I’m always going to be aggressive on both ends of the floor, that’s where I’m going to make my mark.”
Do you think NBA rumors of a Lou Williams trade the Raptors or for Kyrie Irving makes sense?
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