Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers guard, is frustrated with his sixth man role and could demand a trade out of Los Angeles, per several sources.
Clarkson, who was arguably the Lakers’ best player last season, has been pushed out of the starting unit by new coach Luke Walton.
Even though Clarkson has admitted embraced the new role, it could be a matter of time before the third-year guard pushes for a trade.
Recently, Clarkson told Lakers.com that he was fine with the sixth man role.
“It doesn’t matter to me (what my role is). As long as I’m on the court, playing minutes, I’m going to impact the game someway — if that’s defensively or offensively.
“I’m always going to be aggressive on both ends of the floor. That’s where I’m going to make my mark,” said the former second round pick.
Jordan Clarkson to be traded?
Clarkson started all 79 games he played last season under former coach Byron Scott, who viewed the guard as the primary scoring option behind Kobe Bryant.
However, it seems obvious that Scott’s successor, Walton, doesn’t view Clarkson in the same light.
During Sunday’s preseason win against the Denver Nuggets, Clarkson played 19 minutes off the bench for his 12 points and 3 assists while starters D’Angelo Russell and Lou Williams clocked in 32 and 29 minutes respectively.
Remember, the Lakers can’t trade Clarkson until December 14 when his trade restriction expires.
During the offseason, Clarskon signed a four-year, $50 million contract to remain in Los Angeles.
Lakers coach Luke Walton has compared Clarkson’s new sixth man role to Lamar Odom, who helped the team win two championships in 2009 and 2010.
“I don’t look at it as really coming off the bench as much as the way Lamar (Odom) came off our bench but he was really a starter,” said Walton when asked of Clarkson’s new role
“He (Odom) played big minutes, played the end of ball games. Ginobili did it for years in San Antonio… It’s really a way of getting a starter in with the second unit so you don’t have a lot of drop-off. But he’s very good at that role so far,” added Walton.
How long before Jordan Clarkson gets disgruntled and demands for a trade? Stay tuned.