Jordan Clarkson has played well for the Los Angeles Lakers in their surprising start for the 2016-2017 NBA Season. But the good performance for the Filipino-American guard for the Lakers could be short-lived with NBA rumors sending him to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Nerlens Noel.
The Sixers admitted in the 2016 offseason that they would have wanted to have a more balanced roster for the new NBA season but couldn’t find any deals. Injuries to Noel, Ben Simmons and Jahlil Okafor have delayed any trades for the Sixers but with Okafor coming back, this could speed the process of trading one of their big men.
Jordan Clarkson for Jahlil Okafor?
Noel and Okafor have been on the trading block because of their loaded frontcourt. With Simmons set to return January and with Joel Embiid playing like a true franchise center, trading one or two of their big men is good move for the Sixers before the trade deadline in February.
Getting Jordan Clarkson from the Los Angeles Lakers would give the Sixers a quality starting point guard, who is under contract for the next three years. The Lakers are currently 5-4 this season but some see it as a fluke start and they still need to retool their roster if they want to make the NBA Playoffs next year.
How Lakers-Sixers Trade Works:
Clarkson can only be traded after December 14 later this year so this deal will go down only after that time. Clarkson, who signed a new deal last summer, will be traded to the Sixers in exchange for Okafor and Sergio Rodriguez to match the salaries under the NBA trade rules.
Does this trade make sense for both the Lakers and Sixers? Los Angeles fans may think that they don’t want to mess up the current chemistry in L.A. but trading a guard for a potential star big man is no doubt a move they should make if they want to improve their roster.
For the Sixers, after being mentioned in many NBA rumors the past few months, it’s expected that they finally make a deal and getting a point guard from the Lakers is not a bad deal for their rebuilding.
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