Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson On Trade Block?

A year after signing a long-term deal with the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson may find himself on the trade block this summer. According to Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders, the Lakers are “increasingly open-minded” about trading Jordan Clarkson, with a source suggesting that a deal this offseason wouldn’t be a surprise.

While Hamilton cautions that the idea of a Clarkson trade is mostly “conjecture” at this point, Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report (Twitter link) takes it a step further. Schultz hears from a source that the Lakers aren’t just open-minded about moving Clarkson — they’ve been actively seeking out offers.

Dealing Clarkson, who will turn 25 next Wednesday, would make some sense for the Lakers if they’re locked into a guard like Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick. With Ball and D’Angelo Russell in the mix, a player like Clarkson – who is earning $12.5MM annually on a four-year contract – wouldn’t necessarily have a major role in L.A.’s backcourt unless the team wants to make him a full-time shooting guard.

Moving Russell would also be a possibility, though there has been no indication that the Lakers are considering that, despite alleged interest from other teams.

Clarkson is currently on track to enter the 2017/18 season as the third-highest-paid Laker, but would have more trade value than the two players earning more than him (Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov). In 2016/17, Clarkson appeared in all 82 games, averaging 14.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, and 2.6 APG.

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21 thoughts on “Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson On Trade Block?

      • Dretorade

        I’d say bout the same, 20-30 range. I feel like he would be moved to another garbage team with cap and they would want to pair moz or deng in a salary dump, although dumping that much $ seems highly unlikely

      • hartman85

        76ers have 4 second round picks— and could use a guard with his skill set and have plenty of salary cap space… makes too much sense

    • mcmillankmm

      My guess would be highly protected future 1st round pick, or they dump him for a 2nd round pick and a player with non-guaranteed salary

  1. acarneglia

    Maybe Charlotte and LA could get a deal done. Charlotte could send Miles Plumlee and Jeremy Lamb to LA for Clarkson and a second or Nick Young if they really want to get rid of him

    • mcmillankmm

      I don’t think so either, Lakers would be taking on longer contracts in this scenario. Maybe sending out Clarkson for Lamb and another player to get the salaries to match up around the $12.5 Clarkson is making

  2. aarongill

    Clarkson is what he is. A scorer with an inconsistent three point shot and doesn’t play much defense. I don’t mind trading im at all. I would try to trade clarkson and Deng together. Clarkson is best suited for a 6th man role.

    • Ayy-Aron

      I agree but ideally would like to see him in a Lou Williams type role and takes over for Russell at the 2 in the second unit.

      • Connorsoxfan

        They have two. They have Boston’s pick because this year was a swap of firsts, and they have an additional first from somewhere as well, both in the 20’s I believe.

        • GuruGray

          They have the 27th from Boston and the 22nd from Washington (Bogdanovic trade)

  3. Clarkson kinda fits the profile Jackson likes for his pg to run the triangle. Taller guard who can hit the three. Not sure how a deal gets done tho. Def not for the 8th pick straight up.

  4. deano

    I think that might make sense. Package JC with 28th to move up. Could that be worth the 8th? I think maybe 10-12

  5. Z-A

    I would say the talent starved Nets. You like that he is 6ft 5 but his 3pter is not consistent enough for what he is paid. A couple 2s. Everyone knows the Lakers want to dump salary.

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