Apparently the Lakers were very busy prior to Thursday’s trade deadline. On top of trading for Tyler Ennis, they fielded calls from other teams about Jordan Clarkson. According to Mike Bresnahan, a number of teams asked the Lakers about the third year guard.
“Leading up to yesterday’s trade deadline, almost every time the Lakers fielded a phone call, they were asked about Jordan Clarkson and his availability. Maybe teams are kind of prodding the Lakers to see if he’s a little bit undervalued. Nope, they definitely want to hang on to him.”
Clarkson has struggled so far this year. His passing has regressed and after being a very good defender early, he has gone back to his traffic cone style of defensive play. His shot has been very streaky as well. All of these things considered, I would not be opposed to trading Clarkson. However, if teams are low balling offers for him, the Lakers were smart to reject them. You shouldn’t trade someone just for the sake of trading someone, and Clarkson, known to be a hard worker, should continue to improve. Also, trading too many players at the deadline could cause chemistry issues. This would be even more true with Clarkson, who is noted to be a close friend of D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.
It is encouraging that there are teams interested in Clarkson. If they can get a nice package in the offseason, then they should at least consider trading him, but for now he remains a Laker.