Jordan Clarkson, the second-year guard, will sign a multi-year extension with Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. Clarkson, a restricted free agent, is expected to receive multiple offer sheets from interested suitors but is expected to stay with the Purple & Gold, as per latest Lakers Rumors.
According to sources close to the organization, the Lakers would prefer to sign Clarkson instead of waiting to match offer sheets, some of which are expected to border maximum deal figures. By signing Clarkson before July 1, Lakers can avoid the drama of free agency.
The Lakers and Clarkson are expected to agree upon a three-year deal around the $34-35 million range. Clarkson could receive max offer sheets worth $34.3 million for three years or $58 million for four years. However, the first year would pay him only around $6 million, as per the Gilbert Arenas provision. While Clarkson’s contract would see a 4.5 percent hike in the second year, it would jump significantly in the third and fourth years, with the salary cap set to explode.
The Swag Bros: Estd. 2016
The Lakers drafted D’Angelo Russell with the precious No. 2 pick at last year’s draft, with the intention to pair up the Ohio State rookie and Clarkson as the team’s long-term backcourt. Thus far, Clarkson and Russell have shown signs of budding chemistry, putting up solid numbers in their limited opportunities as the starting backcourt.
In a league dominated by backcourts such as Splash Brothers – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Portland Trailblazers tandem of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, besides the Raptors duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, Lakers paired up Clarkson and Russell to compete with the best.
Recently, Clarkson and Russell were named the “Swag Brothers” after the former took the liberty of christening them over social media.
Can rule out a trade…
On Friday, Lakers reporters Max and Marcellus discussed the team’s future in their popular ESPN Radio Show. They spoke extensively of Clarkson’s future and revealed that GM Mitch Kupchak and his front office would prefer to “get done with” the Clarkson contract issue before possible suitors such as New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers try to pry the young guard away from L.A.
Clarkson has also been linked to several trade talks. In fact, last season’s botched DeMarcus Cousins trade with Sacramento Kings was supposed to include Clarkson, Russell and Julius Randle. Luckily for Lakers fans, the young core will remain intact heading into the next several seasons.
Prior to the trade deadline, Kupchak reiterated that the young trio was “off limits” when it comes to trade talks and will remain so for years to come.
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