Clarkson scored 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt) to go along with three rebounds, two steals and one assist across 23 minutes during Sunday's 121-99 win over the Celtics.
Making his Cavaliers debut, Clarkson shot efficiently from the field and behind the arc as he finished second on the team in scoring. The also newly-acquired George Hill started at point guard in this one and appears to be the preferred option for the time being with the first unit. Clarkson should still see his share of minutes as a capable backup at both guard spots, but it'll be difficult to rely on him from a fantasy perspective until we have a better idea of how the backcourt rotation will shake out.
Clakson is set to make his debut for the Cavaliers in Sunday's game against Boston, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Clarkson will come off the bench in the contest, which figures to be his role with the club going forward. It remains to be seen what type of minutes he will see, but he should have a role comparable to what he provided in Los Angeles as a spark off the bench. It will likely take a little time for him to get acclimated with his new teammates.
This news doesn't come as too much of a surprise, as all of the team's new additions were doubtful to play and have subsequently been ruled out. With a relatively barren roster Friday, Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver will seemingly occupy the majority of the minutes at the two guard spots.
With Clarkson having to fly to Atlanta and pass his physical, it's unlikely he'll have enough time to go through protocol to be ready for Friday's tilt. As a result, the likes of Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver will probably see big minutes during the contest. Clarkson's debut should occur Sunday against Boston.
With Cleveland struggling mightily despite the addition of the highly regarded Isaiah Thomas, they've opted to deal Thomas to the Lakers and will bring in Clarkson to help out in the backcourt. Clarkson, who's averaged 23.7 minutes per game with the Lakers so far this season, will likely see a similar workload in Cleveland, though shot attempts may be tougher to come by while working alongside a guy like LeBron James. There's a decent chance Clarkson comes off the bench, but nothing has been confirmed there. Either way, this deal presumably results in Clarkson's fantasy value taking a hit.
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