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Porter tried to fight his thoughts for much of the night but struggled to fend off a roller-coaster ride of emotions that had been set off by his first experience of the business side of the NBA. “It was kind of devastating, but you know, you’ve got a game in two minutes,” Porter said after the game. “You kind of just have to snap out of it. It was, for my first time, it was tough. The first three quarters, I kept thinking about it. It’s not a good feeling. But you gotta keep going, you gotta persevere.”
Unlike Porter, Sexton has been through this before. But it doesn’t mean Monday night’s trade was any easier. “When things like that happen, it’s kind of tough to go out there and be like, ‘All right, next man up, next man up mentality,’” Sexton said. “Just because it’s like he’s part of the scheme, part of like what we were going to do tonight, how we were going to use him tonight when he did get out there, so it’s kind of tough.”
In the hour before the Heat defeated Utah 107-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Jazz traded point guard Dante Exum to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson. In the moments following that defeat, the Jazz waived forward Jeff Green, sources told The Athletic. And in the moments following that, the Jazz signed shooting guard Rayjon Tucker to a guaranteed deal for the remainder of the season. The flurry of moves can be traced to one constant, according to league sources: The Jazz have not been happy with their bench play.
Then Love saw teammate Tristan Thompson, who was lagging behind. Thompson said one word to Love. Utah. “I said, ‘Utah what?’ Then he said, ‘Jordan,’” Love told cleveland.com. “I fell to the ground. This one hurts for me. That is my guy. We just hit it off when he got here a few years ago. He became a really close friend of mine. It’s really tough.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland and Utah have worked together on three trades since February of 2018, including that trade deadline three-way with Kings that included Jae Crowder and Rodney Hood. Jazz acquired Kyle Korver for Alec Burks and two second-round picks last November. The Jazz will send Cleveland a 2022 (via San Antonio) and 2023 (via Golden State) second-round picks, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland has agreed to trade Jordan Clarkson to Utah for Dante Exum, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Utah will also send two future second round picks to Cleveland in the trade, sources tell ESPN.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs have agreed to acquire Dante Exum and a pair of second-round picks from the Jazz for Jordan Clarkson, league sources confirm to @clevelanddotcom. Trade call hasn’t happened yet. Clarkson was pulled from the lineup.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ wild trade deadline began with a Los Angeles Lakers deal, acquiring guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. in exchange for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Channing Frye and Cleveland’s own 2018 protected first-round pick, which goes to the Lakers unless it falls between 1-3. “Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us,” general manager Koby Altman said in a release announcing the deal. “This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future.”
Erik Gundersen: Cavs just made the Jordan Clarkson-Larry Nance Jr trade official.
Tania Ganguli: On side note, it has been a pleasure to cover @Larry Nance Jr and @Jordan Clarkson. Very different guys, but both good people who were very helpful for the job a reporter does.
The Cavaliers will now see their luxury tax bill reduced from $43.1M to $40.8M, a savings of $2.3M. The Jordan Clarkson cap hit is $11.5M, $12.5M and $13.4M. Larry Nance Jr. is under contract for $1.5M and $2.3M. The Cavaliers now have $135M in guaranteed salaries next season, including the $35.6M LeBron James and $11M Iman Shumpert player option.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers, league source tells ESPN.
Kevin O’Connor: Lakers are using Larry Nance as a sweetener in deals involving Jordan Clarkson, league sources say. It’s unclear which teams have interest, if any. Clarkson is signed through 2019-20 and teams are reluctant to take on pricey long-term contracts.
As the Los Angeles Lakers become more realistic about the franchise’s chances of snaring superstars in the free agent class of 2018, the front office is increasingly looking through a longer lens in its team building process, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers aren’t abandoning a summer pursuit of stars, but rather recalibrating on the possibility of a 2019 class that could include San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN.
Randle will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Clarkson is owed $25.9 million over the next two seasons. The Lakers have listened to offers or explored trades for both players that included first or second round picks, but sources indicate that none of those deals would save significant cap space for the future, thereby negating the initial reason for exploring trades for those players.
While the Lakers could still move either or both players before Thursday’s trade deadline, one league source put the chances of a meaningful trade at “50-50 at best.” If the Lakers were to move Clarkson or Randle either now or at the draft, and find a resolution to the $36.8 million remaining on Luol Deng’s albatross contract — likely via the waive-and-stretch provision — the Lakers could create $60 million in salary cap space in July of 2019. Nevertheless, if the Lakers sit out free agency this summer, they’ll try to use their salary cap space to accommodate teams looking to dump bad contracts — and willing to send draft picks to sweeten the deal, sources said.
It remains to be seen what the Cavs have offered the Lakers, but their own first round pick could be on the table. Without Love, the Cavs could use the extra scoring punch, especially as Thomas tries to find his rhythm.
Ramona Shelburne: “From what I understand, they’ve had offers for Randle and Clarkson. They’ve had offers where they could potentially get a first-round pick back.”
If not, the Pels have also been linked to the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore and the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson. Hornets forward Nic Batum is too rich for their blood with his mega contract (three years to run at around $77 million). Speaking of the Hornets, they are not shopping Kemba Walker, but definitely are listening to offers, as owner Michael Jordan has stated.
Will the Lakers reach their goal in terms of trading Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and/or Luol Deng to create the salary-cap room needed to sign to two max players in the summer before the trade deadline? Deven Parikh, Buffalo, NY STEIN: If the Lakers have to do all that before the Feb. 8 deadline to win your approval, then I don’t foresee a joyous Valentine’s Day for you. But the reality is that they have until the end of June to make all the moves they need to make. Deng will almost certainly have to be waived and stretched; there’s just no trade market for him. But takers for Randle and Clarkson will emerge. The expectation remains that it’s certainly going to cost the Lakers some attached draft compensation to move one or both of those guys, but they’re quality players and suitors will materialize. (And, no, dear readers: It is NOT an accident that I answered a question from a Buffalonian first!)
The Lakers have made it clear that Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance are available. Los Angeles has given up hope of unloading Luol Deng’s contract in a trade, because it would simply necessitate attaching too many draft assets.
At any rate, before they can sign anyone, the Lakers will need to find a taker for guard Jordan Clarkson, who has two years and $26 million left on his deal through 2020 to clear enough room for two maxes. And it’s hard at present to see that happening; Clarkson does not currently carry high value around the league.
Randle’s situation is worth watching, though. The Lakers would love to trade him if they could, and Jordan Clarkson fits in that category too. Both players know they have been offered in trades by the Lakers, and they’re handling it in different ways. Clarkson is taking a freewheeling approach to this season. He’s having fun, he’s doing his best to listen to the coaches and he’s not worrying too much about the way he portrays himself to reporters.
On Friday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks had some “initial talks” involving Randle and center Nerlens Noel, but that those talks fell apart when Noel got injured. According to league sources, the Lakers have received interest in Randle and Clarkson this season.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Full Court Press special, NBA insider Adrian Wojnorowski indicated the Lakers believe they can easily trade Clarkson, perhaps even if they wait until the offseason to do so: “They believe they can trade Jordan Clarkson and get his money off. They prefer not to do it at the trade deadline. Clarkson has helped them win games this year, and because they don’t have their pick, they want to win as many games as they can. So I think there’s some confidence there that they can find a deal for Clarkson after the season, to get his money off. But there’s got to be a sequencing here. And it gets back to, are they going to chase one max-salary slot, or two?”
Perhaps Johnson and Pelinka’s confidence stems from conversations they’ve had with teams over the course of the past few months. One person within the organization who isn’t permitted to speak publicly on the subject told Bleacher Report the team is confident it can move Clarkson if needed to open space.
In June, the Lakers offered Clarkson or fourth-year forward Julius Randle and their No. 27 and 28 picks to Indiana for Paul George. The Pacers declined before trading him to Oklahoma City for guard Victor Oladipo and center Domantas Sabonis.
“The only thing I can worry about in terms of stuff like that and trade rumors is myself and continue to work,” Clarkson said. “If I were to be traded, I just have to be ready to play. But I’m here in L.A. and am ready for the season. I’m excited.”
Clarkson and guard D’Angelo Russell are among the most likely trade candidates given that framework, but Clarkson reacted with a shrug on Friday. “I try to keep my nose down and keep grinding,” Clarkson said. “I keep working and having fun.”
Jordan Schultz: Per a source, #Lakers are not just “open-minded” to trading Jordan Clarkson, as has been reported, but are actively seeking out offers.
I’ve been told by someone in the know that the Lakers are “increasingly open-minded” about trading Jordan Clarkson and to not be surprised for him to end up being moved as soon as draft night. That’s conjecture at this point, as the Lakers need not rush to clear what may appear to be a logjam in the making.
Indeed, it looks like there will be a good deal of time. That’s because the Lakers are not moving any of the three, even as we enter the silly season of NBA trade discussions. According to league sources, the Lakers have not included any of the three into trade discussions, and do not figure to change that. They’re unlikely to consider moves involving their two other young role players, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., who figure to be key parts of the rotation in the near future.
Unless some significant move comes to the Lakers’ doorstep, you’d think any young piece wouldn’t be on the move come Thursday. Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr. shouldn’t be considered “untouchable,” but the Lakers likely won’t be breaking up their young core.
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently rebuilding. The storied franchise has brought in three promising young pieces to the puzzle over the past two years in D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson. All three of these players could be All-Stars in the making, but there’s no guarantee the trio will remain in Los Angeles long-term. According to Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports, the Lakers would trade parts of this trio to bring in superstar talent. Cowherd said the following about the rumored mindset of the Lakers brass regarding possibly trading the team’s talented young core on Thurs. Dec. 3 on The Herd: “The Lakers would trade three of them. They’d like to keep Julius Randle. They’d move the other three to rebuild it with multiple free agents and Randle’s the only one they really truly believe is ready very quickly to be on a really good NBA team.”
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Who would Wolves staff consider to be early candidates for the most improved player on the roster? 2) Do the Wolves see McKinley Wright IV as a sort of “Pat Bev-in-training”? 3) Will there really be a concerted effort to apply full-court defensive pressure? — @Tresio The two players I have heard a lot of buzz about looking great in workouts: McDaniels and (drum roll, please) … Russell. Sounds like he is locked in right now.
The 21-year-old guard should thrive in pick-and-roll action with Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley as rim rollers, while the addition of Lauri Markkanen, who shot 40.2 percent from downtown last season, will help space the floor and open pick-and-pop opportunities. “I think Garland’s kind of gotten lost in the shuffle in terms of people knowing who he is because of Colin Sexton,” an NBA scout opined. “If he stays healthy, I like picking him.”
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I have heard A-Rod and the new ownership is bully on the Wolves. What major moves do you predict they will make to improve the product in the next couple years? — @SPORTSviKINGs17 So far, it appears like the immediate target is just modernizing things, bringing a franchise that has often been at the back of the pack to more of the cutting edge when it comes to technology and innovation — that sort of thing. Of course, the main goal will be to make the Timberwolves more competitive on the floor, but I think there is a real emphasis on everything around the basketball, as well. What can be done to change the perception of the organization? They are taking a long look at culture and values and defining characteristics. Those might seem like mumbo jumbo to dyed-in-the-wool hoop heads, but those are things that Lore and Rodriguez are very familiar with in their other businesses. They can dive in on them right away as they work to get up to speed on the intricacies of basketball, the collective bargaining agreement and the team in general.