The Los Angeles Lakers have made preserving their salary-cap space for next summer one of their primary objectives this offseason.
In line with that mindset, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report is reporting that the Lakers are willing to move veteran guard Jordan Clarkson if needed to help create more financial flexibility.
One person within the organization who isn’t permitted to speak publicly on the subject told Bleacher Report the team is confident it can move Clarkson if needed to open space.
Clarkson is set to enter the second year of his four-year, $50 million contract. He’s also coming off another productive campaign that saw him average 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steals in 29.2 minutes per game.
There had been talks that the Lakers were looking to potentially move him as part of a trade offer for All-Star forward Paul George prior to being dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder just ahead of the start of free agency.
Los Angeles may decide to move him if he helps clear way for the team to acquire a superstar player in the process. In fact, if they were to take Clarkson, Julius Randle, and Luol Deng off the books, it would push them to about $76.6 million in salary cap space. More than anything, this may signal that there could be much more movement ahead.