Should the Lakers bring Jordan Clarkson back to LA?
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According to Chris Haynes, the Utah Jazz have made Jordan Clarkson available for trade. Clarkson is known for the scoring production he brings to a team.
The 31-year-old guard won the 6th Man of the Year award in the 2020-21 season. Last season, he started for the Jazz, averaging 21/4/5, shooting 44 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from three.
Clarkson’s numbers have dropped off this season, as he’s averaging 17/3/5, shooting 39.9 percent from the floor and 29.5 percent from downtown.
In the offseason, Clarkson signed a two-year $28 million extension. He will earn $23.5 million this season before his extension kicks in.
While Clarkson would add a scoring punch to LA’s lineup, the fit doesn’t make sense. The $23.5 million he makes this season is too difficult to match, and consider an upgrade for the roster.
Jordan Clarkson's field goals in the last 10 games— Jazz Lead (@JazzLead) December 12, 2023
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His efficiency has dropped significantly this season, and he is averaging three turnovers per game. Clarkson is also a negative player on the defensive end of the floor.
While Clarkson is available, Rob Pelinka and the Lakers front office should not bring him back to LA due to his poor fit with the roster and his sizeable contract.