HoopsHype Jordan Clarkson rumors

January 20, 2015 Updates

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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Lakers have signed Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson, after acquiring the 6-foot-5 combination guard on draft night from the Washington Wizards (46th overall pick) for $1.8 million in cash. Clarkson will receive a fully guaranteed minimum salary for the 2014-15 season at $507,336 and a non-guaranteed $845,059 for 2015-16, totaling $1.35 million. Los Angeles Times

August 25, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Jordan Clarkson, the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, whose rights were acquired from the Washington Wizards on draft night, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. NBA.com

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