The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers could agree on a sign-and-trade for Jordan Clarkson that would send the athletic guard to the Sixers and Nerlens Noel to L.A., according a source.
The Lakers could also demand that the Sixers remove the restriction on their top-3 protected draft pick in 2017.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Sixers are preparing to make Clarkson a max offer sheet in the coming days. Since Clarkson is under the Gilbert Arenas Provision, his max salary would be under MLE for the first two years before blossoming beyond $20 million per season starting 2018-19.
Jordan Clarkson: Lakers to match max sheets?
The Lakers are still expected to match all offer sheets for Clarkson unless the former Missouri product agrees to go to Philadelphia on a sign-and-trade which would essentially get Los Angeles secure a young center like Jahlil Okafor or Nerelens Noel.
On Thursday, the Lakers made qualifying offers to Clarkson, Marcelo Huertas and center Tarik Black, making the trio restricted free agents heading into free agency. This means that the Lakers have the right to match any and all offers that the trio would receive.
Clarkson could also accept his 1-year qualifying offer of $2.7 million and become an unrestricted free agent next year. That way, Clarkson can determine his own future instead of being at the mercy of the Lakers.
Sixers need a point guard…
The Sixers are desperate for a point guard after a failed attempt to secure the No. 3 pick in the draft from the Boston Celtics. “The 76ers are still without a point guard since moving on from Michael Carter-Williams and Clarkson could be a worthwhile grab for them, and if nothing else they at least force the Lakers into a contract laid out on enemy terms. Free agency begins at 9 p.m. PT Thursday night, so we’ll officially be on Clarkson offer sheet watch,” writes Silver Screen & Roll.
Will Lakers and Sixers agree to a sign-and-trade for Jordan Clarkson? Clarkson averaged 15.5 points, 2.4 assists and 4 rebounds last season.