Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson regarding his future with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a restricted free agent on July 1.
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently one of the struggling teams in the league. The Lakers finished in the 15th spot in the Western Conference with a disappointing win-loss record of 17-65. After Kobe Bryant’s retirement, the Lakers are now undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster.
The Los Angeles Lakers made their first move by firing Byron Scott and hiring former Lakers and Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton as their new head coach. Walton made an impressive performance as a coach when he took over the Warriors at the start of the 2015-16 NBA season when coach Steve Kerr suffered an injury. Many believe that Walton will be the answer to bring back the Lakers’ winning tradition. However, Walton can’t successfully do the task without great players on his side.
The Lakers are planning to rebuild the team around their young cores, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. However, Clarkson will become a restricted free agent and there has been no official confirmation if the Lakers will re-sign him or not.
According to Lakers Nation, when the Filipino-American guard was asked how confident he was that he is going to be a Lakers next year, Jordan Clarkson said:
“I don’t know. I can’t even give you like a number on that. Just going to have to play the waiting game and hopefully see. I want to be here, so it’s kind of out of my control a little bit when it comes to that stuff I guess, but we’ll see.”
It is undeniable that the Lakers goal in the offseason is to find a consistent shooting guard and center. Based Clarkson’s performance in the recent season, he needs to undergo many improvements to be fitted for the role.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak admitted that their current roster is not enough to be a playoff contender next season. While targeting a superstar free agent is a must for the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson, and other young cores should train harder to improve the team’s performance next season.
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