Even though Jordan Clarkson signed a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, he has been part of trade rumors. The 24-year-old guard has been rumored to be part of a possible deal with the Philadelphia 76ers for Jahlil Okafor.
Zach Harper of CBS Sports suggested a trade that will send Clarkson to Philadelphia in exchange for Okafor. He noted that a possible deal can’t happen until December 14 because JC signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
But should the Lakers trade Jordan Clarkson for Jahlil Okafor? The answer is no. The Lakers have already committed to the Fil-Am player and they also know that he is a valuable player for the team’s future along with D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram.
No doubt that Russell is the point guard of the future with Ingram the superstar they need. But Jordan Clarkson is a lot like Russell and he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. Where does he fit in with the Lakers?
The best scenario for the Lakers is they have Clarkson as the sixth man. He can easily score against opposing benches and he fits perfectly into that role. He can also be the playmaker for the second unit.
And as for Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers do not really need to trade him now since Joel Embiid’s health is not 100 percent sure. The Lakers already have a starting center in Timofey Mozgov but yes, Okafor is a better player than him.
Nevertheless, these are just purely speculative at this point and do not expect any trades this close to training camp. Once the dust settles at the first two months of the season, teams like the Lakers and Sixers are surely going to be active at the deadline.
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