NOVEMBER 23: Clarkson is officially back under contract with the Jazz, as the team issued a press release announcing his new deal.
“Jordan was an integral part of our team’s success last season,” executive VP of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. “He’s an aggressive, competitive talent that leads by example and provides a big scoring spark. He is a great fit with our roster and we’re excited to bring him back.”
NOVEMBER 20: The Jazz are re-signing Jordan Clarkson to a four-year deal with a total value of $52MM, agent Rich Paul tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Clarkson will have a player option in year four, reports Keith Smith of RealGM (Twitter link).
Utah made Clarkson, one of its top reserves after acquiring the shooting guard from the Cavaliers last season, its top free agent priority. The front office engineered a couple of trades this week to create more cap flexibility. The Jazz reached an agreement to deal Ed Davis to the Knicks and worked out a separate deal that sent Tony Bradley to the Pistons.
A prolific scorer, Clarkson averaged 15.6 PPG in 24.7 MPG in 42 regular-season games with the Jazz. He upped that to 16.7 PPG in 28.4 MPG during seven postseason games. Clarkson is a career 34.2% 3-point shooter but improved upon that somewhat last season, draining 36.6% of his attempts with Utah.
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