With less than a month before the 2017 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers are hosting multiple workouts with prospects who could be the No. 2 overall pick. The latest NBA rumors revealed that the Lakers will also consider trading guard Jordan Clarkson on the draft night.
New Lakers front office executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are planning to make a big move this summer in order to bring the team back to the right path. Johnson recently stated that they’re open to trading all their players except Brandon Ingram. Despite his poor performance in his rookie season, the Lakers see Ingram as their next franchise player.
NBA Rumors: Jordan Clarkson on the move
Before the February trade deadline, multiple NBA teams have reportedly inquired about the availability of Jordan Clarkson via trade. However, the Lakers refused to part ways with the Filipino-American guard. This only showed that the Lakers consider Clarkson as part of their long-term plan.
Unfortunately, everything changed with less than a month before the 2017 NBA draft. According to Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders, the Lakers are now open to the possibility of moving Clarkson with the potential arrival of Lonzo Ball in Los Angeles.
“I’ve been told by someone in the know that the Lakers are “increasingly open-minded” about trading Jordan Clarkson and to not be surprised for him to end up being moved as soon as draft night. That’s conjecture at this point, as the Lakers need not rush to clear what may appear to be a logjam in the making,” Hamilton wrote.
Clarkson is undeniably a valuable trade asset for the Lakers. Despite mostly coming off the bench this season, he still averaged 14.7 points, three rebounds, and 2.6 assists. He shot 44.5 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from beyond the arc.
D’Angelo Russell, Lonzo Ball as Lakers’ backcourt starters
In the final games of the 2016-17 NBA season, coach Luke Walton tried to start D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in their backcourt. It’s very noticeable that the two guards can’t coexist as both of them need the ball in their hands. With the potential arrival of Lonzo Ball, the Lakers should consider trading either Russell or Clarkson.
With Hamilton’s statement, it seems like the Lakers are more in favor of moving Clarkson. A pass-first point guard like Ball will undeniably be a great fit with Walton’s system. He can also play alongside Russell as the Lakers’ backcourt starters next season.
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