NBA Rumor: Jordan Clarkson Trade

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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.

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.”
4 years ago via ESPN

Lakers standing pat at trade deadline?

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.
4 years ago via ESPN

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.

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!)

Jordan Clarkson on the block?

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.

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?”

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.

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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