Clarkson, a second-round pick in 2014, hit restricted free agency after outperforming his rookie deal, but was never a serious candidate to head elsewhere this offseason due to the Gilbert Arenas provision, which prevented other teams from submitting offers as lavish as the one he received from the Lakers. The 24-year-old, who averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season, is viewed as a foundational piece in the Lakers' rebuilding effort, and should be locked into the starting shooting guard role heading into 2016-17. With Kobe Bryant now headed into retirement, Clarkson could take on an even more integral role in the Lakers' offensive attack than he did in his first two seasons in the league.
Clarkson received a qualifying offer from the Lakers, making him a restricted free agent, Brad Turner of the LA Times reports.
By extending a qualifying offer to Clarkson, the Lakers will be able to match any offer Clarkson receives in free agency. In his second season, Clarkson saw an increased role and increased production as a result, going from 25 minutes and 11.9 points per game his rookie year to 32.3 minutes and 15.5 minutes per game this past year. With Kobe Bryant now gone, Clarkson could see an even larger role, possibly as a starter.
Jordan Clarkson managed 12 points (6-10 FG), seven rebounds, an assist and a steal over 34 minutes in Wednesday's 101-96 season-ending victory over the Jazz.
With Kobe Bryant taking 50 shots on the night, Clarkson's modest scoring total was a distant second-best on the team. He finished the season with nine straight double-digit scoring efforts, and largely took a step forward in his second season while splitting time between both guard positions. The sophomore finished the campaign with averages of 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocks across 32.3 minutes over 79 games, all starts. The points, rebounds and steals all served as new career highs for Clarkson, who looks primed to to form one of the best young backcourt combinations in the league in conjunction with D'Angelo Russell in the 2016-17 campaign.
Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points (9-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt) while adding eight rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Rockets.
The second-year guard followed up a 26-point effort in his previous game with style, taking advantage of what turned out to be an up-and-down affair. He continues to get all the looks he can handle for a young Los Angeles Lakers team with eyes on the future, and only consistency stands between him and becoming a strong fantasy play.
Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points (10-15 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding three rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes during Friday's loss to the Pelicans.
He and D'Angelo Russell combined for 58 points but only two assists, as both were more concerned with getting their own shot off than in distributing the ball. Clarkson's now scored in double digits in six straight games, averaging 17.3 points, 4.2 boards, 2.2 threes and 1.8 steals over that stretch, but one of the two young guards will need to develop their passing instincts if the backcourt duo is going to remain intact next season.
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