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Report: Lakers have met with free agent Ian Clark, still weighing options

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The Los Angeles Lakers have once again ramped up their efforts in free agency, this time targeting a veteran point guard.

According to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News, the Lakers on Thursday afternoon held a meeting with former Golden State Warriors point guard Ian Clark.

The 26-year-old is coming off his best individual campaign where he averaged a career-high 6.8 points on 48.7 percent shooting from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range in limited minutes behind Stephen Curry. The Lakers’ interest in him lies with both bringing more stability in the backcourt off the bench along with being a mentor to rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.

This comes just a few hours after it was reported that the team had spoken to former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose in Los Angeles. It is also believed that they also hold some interest in possibly bringing back Tyler Ennis, who was acquired by the team at the trade deadline last season.

The Lakers currently possess a $4.3 million exception which is given to teams that have salary cap space in order to help them bring in more help to the roster. That said, there were reports earlier on Thursday that the front office had narrowed down their search for a backup point guard to “five or six candidates.”