Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Clarkson wants to remain in Hollywood and play for the Lakers.
In a recent interview with Chris McGee of TWC Sportsnet, the Filipino-American guard said that he wants to stay in LA. It is something that many Lakers fans all over the world can be happy about after the season they had wherein the team won 17 games and Kobe Bryant retired.
“I want to stay in L.A. I don’t really look at it as me being a free agent because I want to be here,” Clarkson said.
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The 23-year-old Missouri product also revealed that he is working with Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco ever since the regular season ended. He added that he’s trying to improve his three-point shooting and ability to finish at the rim.
“I’m shooting a lot of threes, trying to get my three-point percentage up for next year. A lot of stuff off the dribble, a lot of stuff with contact and trying to be able to finish. That’s probably the biggest thing offensively,” Clarkson said.
According to Silver Screen & Roll, the Lakers will likely match any offer Clarkson receives in free agency. Los Angeles has a whopping $60 million in cap space next season enough to sign a max contract player and add key role players.
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On the other hand, the Lakers will also have a new head coach for next season in Luke Walton, as well as a new young player from the draft, either Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons. As for Clarkson, his main goal is to help the Lakers improve their win total.
“I’ve still got my mind on the main goal, and that’s trying to be better and to win games next year,” he said.
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