The free agency period in the NBA is drawing near. And for Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, being a free agent can be a career changing event. Though Clarkson has proven his value to his current team, some rumors are lurking in the background pointing out his possible departure from Staples Center Arena via free agency. And there is no certainty that the Lakers will bank much of their finances in favor Clarkson come his free agency period.
Despite the fact that Clarkson is averaging 15.6 points per game with roughly 3 assists, his future with the Lakers is not yet guaranteed. But with good numbers this season, he can be a hot commodity in the free agency market.
And for such matter, there have been speculations detailing that other teams have already set their eyes on Clarkson. The New York Knicks are one of the said teams who might acquire his service as they are on the look for a point guard.
“Same here — the Knicks’ top priority this summer will probably be searching for an upgrade at point guard. Jose Calderon, 34, is a strong shooter and distributor but struggles to defend the NBA’s quicker lead guards. Top guards expected to be available this summer include Conley, Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo and the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson (restricted),” ESPN speculated.
If the Lakers would be signing a big name in preparation for 2016-2017 NBA season, then for sure the money will not be for Clarkson to take. Nonetheless, a change of scenery will somehow be good for Clarkson, especially if the Lakers would continue to focus more on their promising rookie D’Angelo Russell.
“Like I’ve said, each month he seems to get better and better and I think a lot of that is because of repetition, gaining some experience and then obviously a lot is his confidence in himself. When all of a sudden you start playing a little bit better, you start feeling better about yourself. Like I said, I like where he is right now,” Scott said.
If such is the disposition and outlook of the Lakers, then Jordan Clarkson would be better off the team and the other way around. Clarkson is expected to team that is willing to trust him with the starting point guard role for the long-term.
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