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Clarkson then soon returned to Los Angeles to resume his on-court training. That included working out for a few hours with veteran guard Steve Nash, who has recently taken on a mentorship role after staying away from the team amid a season-long back injury. “He’s a great and a future Hall of Famer,” Clarkson said. “Being able to pick his mind is just a blessing for me. I’m going to continue to learn and pick his brain every time I’m around him.” Los Angeles Daily News

After averaging 13.4 points on 39 percent shooting, 3.8 assists and 1.9 turnovers in 10 starts, Clarkson said he and Nash worked on various fundamental drills that forced him to keep his chest up to maintain his balance, help see the floor better and allow him to take more open pull-up jumpers. “A lot of teams are trying to take the drive away. We worked on staying lower, getting into my stuff quicker, being able to see the floor and making reads faster,” Clarkson said. “That can help me get my teammates involved and make the right passes.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 18, 2015 Updates

The Lakers are interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, who has recently made it clear he will not re-sign with the Phoenix Suns. Dragic also said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group last month that the Lakers are one of the teams he will consider after he opts out of his $7.9 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. But the prospect of making such a deal seems daunting for the Lakers. Under no circumstances, would the Lakers make that draft pick unprotected to land Dragic, let alone any star player. The Lakers are also reluctant to ship Lakers rookies Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle in any trade because of their potential. Los Angeles Daily News

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Since then, Nash has mostly stayed distant with the Lakers. But Scott still expressed optimism Nash will mentor the team’s guards, namely rookie Jordan Clarkson. “I still haven’t given up hope on that,” Scott said. “I would still like for him to come around. If for nothing else, to talk to Jordan Clarkson and help him and tutor him a little bit. But as we’ve been talking all season long, (Nash) has to feel OK about that.” Los Angeles Daily News

January 4, 2015 Updates

While his father began treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Clarkson's game faded. He didn't score 28 points again and never approached the same 11-for-17 accuracy he showed that early February night. The drop-off was stunning, if not understandable. Before knowing of his father's disease, he averaged 18.9 points and shot 48%. From there, he dropped to 15.4 points and 39%. Los Angeles Times

He started to envision himself as the family provider, placing even more pressure on his basketball skills. He scored only seven points against Tennessee. Only 11 points against Florida as Missouri got eliminated in its conference tournament. And only 13 points in what became his final college game, a loss to Southern Mississippi in the National Invitation Tournament. He missed nine of 13 shots. "If anything ever happened, I had to take the lead in the family," he said. Los Angeles Times

Of greater importance, well beyond basketball and financial gain, Clarkson's father has stabilized, even improved. Mike Clarkson was spending most of his days in a wheelchair after doctors severed three nerves near his spine to ensure removal of the cancer over a series of procedures. He recently started using a walker to get around, otherwise known as significant medical progress. His cancer has diminished greatly, and there are only a handful of satellite cells that doctors are observing. "I'm not supposed to be walking, but I'm up with a walker," said Mike Clarkson, who works in the Air Force. "Regardless of what doctors say, God doesn't work with statistics." Los Angeles Times

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Marc J. Spears: Lakers assign rookie guard Jordan Clarkson to D-League LA D-Fenders to play against Reno tonight. Expected to be just a one-game stint. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

November 23, 2014 Updates

Bryant will make $25 million at 37 years old while Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly take up another $10 million. Various player options (Ed Davis) and team options (Jordan Clarkson, Robert Sacre) could add another $3 million, though Davis could opt out and drive that number even higher. Leave room for an estimated $5 million for their likely two first-round draft picks. It's easy to see the Lakers allocating $43 million toward only nine players amid a conservatively estimated salary cap of $66 million for 2015-16. Throw in troublesome mandatory things called "cap holds" and the Lakers have only $21.5 million to spend next summer on free agents. Los Angeles Times

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