Lakers news: Jordan Clarkson says it’s been a ‘tough three years’ for him and Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Lakers are brimming with optimism right now thanks to the decisions made by their new front office led by all-time great Magic Johnson. The most popular among such is arguably the selection of Lonzo Ball as the second overall pick in this year’s draft.
Gone is D’Angelo Russell and Brook Lopez has entered the foray in Hollywood as a result of those decisions. Meanwhile, one of the team’s more promising players in Jordan Clarkson has heard his name one too many times among trade rumors.
Clarkson essentially fell into the Lakers’ laps at pick number 46 in the 2014 NBA Draft, despite being touted to go in the teens or late in the first round in pre-draft predictions. The 6-foot-5 guard out of the University of Missouri has been a revelation in Tinseltown, averaging 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and a steal per game in his three-year tenure so far.
While the stats have been impressive, all the losing seasons have been a pill tough to swallow for Clarkson, per Adam Zuvanich of the San Antonio Express News.
“It’s been a tough three years. We’ve been losing a lot,” Jordan said. “We’ve been trying to get out of that.”
They may very well start to shed off the losing image and build on something special beginning next season. However, one big question revolves on whether Jordan Clarkson will be a part of the Lakers when they finally hit their stride — which will happen eventually.
With his talent, the money he’s owed over the next three years appear to be reasonable, making Clarkson a very attractive trade piece.
He may have the potential to make a name for himself as a high-volume scorer off the bench in the mold of Jamal Crawford. However, Los Angeles’ desire to bring in two superstars next summer would probably outweigh his ceiling, making Clarkson an expendable asset.