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Mike Trudell: Scott directly said Clarkson will be on the team next year; Typically not a guarantee for a second rounder, but Clarkson has impressed. Twitter @LakersReporter

Jordan Clarkson has been perhaps the lone bright spot during this current dismal Lakers campaign, a rookie who was drafted in the middle of the second round by the Washington Wizards and was acquired by the Lakers for nothing more than cash considerations. He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March, which marked the first time any Lakers player has ever come away with that honor. NBCSports.com

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Still, Lakers coach Byron Scott tempers his praise of Clarkson, whose rapid rise has placed him in discussion for a spot on the NBA’s 2014-15 All-Rookie first team. “I still want him to continue to show me something, which he’s doing, but I don’t want to go overboard,” Scott said. “I’m sure he has very high expectations of himself, but, again, I've got to take it step-by-step. “He’s had a great rookie year. Let’s see how the summer goes and training camp goes, and let’s see how the season goes next year. I want to keep everything in perspective when it comes to Jordan Clarkson. Obviously, he’s shown that he can play in this league.” ESPN.com

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Jabari Brown went undrafted out of the University of Missouri where he teamed with Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. Brown landed on the Lakers’ training camp roster, but he posted only a combined five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four exhibition games. Brown then post a league-leading 24.4 points per game with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. Los Angeles Daily News

Clarkson plans to play on the Lakers’ Summer League team in hopes of fine-tuning his scoring and accelerating his learning curve as a playmaker. The Lakers have a team option on Clarkson for the 2015-16 season, though it seems inevitable he will return because of his potential and relatively inexpensive $845,059 salary. That all prompted Lakers coach Byron Scott to predict Clarkson “has a chance” to become an NBA All-Star. “The more he gains experience, he will learn the pace of the game, how to slow it down and use his speed when he has to do so,” Scott said. “His ceiling is pretty high.” Los Angeles Daily News

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