Aug 25, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
When Jordan Clarkson turned pro after his junior year at Missouri, many thought he could be a first-round pick. The 6-foot-5 guard has solid athleticism, though his game isn’t exceptionally refined. Most notably, he’s a poor perimeter shooter.
In the end, those concerns won out, and Clarkson slipped to the middle of the second round. There, the Lakers bought the No. 46 pick from the Wizards and selected Clarkson.
Now, Los Angeles is rewarding Clarkson with a contract.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Jordan Clarkson
Clarkson gives the Lakers 13 players, so they still have a couple open roster spots. With little chance of making the playoffs and nothing more to offer above minimum salaries, don’t expect anything major.
With only Jeremy Lin and the perpetually injured Steve Nash ahead of him at point guard, Clarkson has a chance to earn a role in the rotation. Maybe the Lakers use one of those two remaining roster spots on another player who can handle ball, just for a little insurance.
- Spurs reset franchise for post Tim Duncan life in one impressive week 17
- Report: Lakers, Pacers reach deal to trade Roy Hibbert to LA 51
- LaMarcus Aldridge has chosen to sign with Spurs 85
- Who should Clippers get to replace DeAndre Jordan? How about Blake Griffin. 42
- Report: Tobias Harris reaches four-year, $64 million extension to stay with Orlando 25
- Report: Rajon Rondo agrees to one-year, $9.5 million deal with Sacramento Kings 48
- Report: DeAndre Jordan agrees to four-year, $80 million deal to join Dallas Mavericks 58
- Report: Kings signing Marco Belinelli to three-year, $19 million contract 19