Despite going through a disastrous season, the Los Angeles Lakers have a silver lining. And that’s Jordan Clarkson, who has been a pleasing sensation in this edition of the league.
The Lakers are currently reeling at 5-24, and virtually out of the reckoning for the playoffs. The team-management has scores to settle for the 2016-17 season.
And Jordan Clarkson is Lakers’ second highest scorer this season, second only to legendary Kobe Bryant. Clarkson has posted a 14.9 average till date and has sparked interests in the free agency market.
Clarkson has been taking the responsibility of a starting point-guard, but shall move to the shooting guard position, once rookie D’Angelo Russell gets going in the high-voltage NBA. This could even emancipate the Filipino-American’s scoring.
Clarkson chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal featuring for 31 minutes in the Lakers’ 94-84 loss to the city-rivals Los Angeles Clippers on the Christmas Day game.
Clarkson is going to be a restricted free agent, and will be subjected to the league’s so called Gilbert Arenas rule. The Lakers will be holding his early bird rights after Clarkson’s second season in the NBA, which enables the franchise to spend $6 million on the player, and could retain him over four seasons for $26.7 million.
The figure is much below Clarkson’s current market value, but since the guard is a restricted free agent and the Lakers hold their bird value, they are in an advantageous situation to retain him. The Arenas rule limits other teams to offer only $5.6 million for the 2016-17 season.
In the second season, another franchise could offer him up to $5.9 million, which means the Lakers can easily retain him for the next two seasons.