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NBA Rumors: Jordan Clarkson Could Request Trade Deal with Sacramento Kings Due to Limited Role with Los Angeles Lakers

( [email protected] ) Oct 26, 2016 10:43 AM EDT
According to various sources, Jordan Clarkson is reportedly not happy with the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to use him as only a backup guard. This could push the young athlete to request a trade deal with the team to join the Sacramento Kings.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) is defended by Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at T-Mobile Arena. Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

According to various sources, Jordan Clarkson is reportedly not happy with the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to use him as only a backup guard. This could push the young athlete to request a trade deal with the team to join the Sacramento Kings.

During the offseason, both Clarkson and fellow guard D'Angelo Russell were able to impress new coach Luke Walton on the court. However, given the number of talented guards that Walton currently has, it seems Clarkson has been pushed back as the team's sixth man.

Aside from Clarkson and Russell, the team currently has Lou Williams, Nick Young and Jose Calderon. Given these three, the Lakers certainly have enough guards to boost the team's offensive capabilities.

Because of this, sources claimed that the team is starting to feel that Clarkson could be the team's backup guard. Of course, for the athlete, this probably doesn't seem like an ideal situation. After all, he's probably looking to be Los Angeles' next standout guard after the retirement of Kobe Bryant.

With this mindset, Clarkson could look to requesting for a trade to join another team that needs a starter. One possible landing spot for Clarkson are the Kings.
Since the offseason, the Sacramento franchise has been rebuilding its roster as part of its efforts to bounce back from a disappointing season last year. It also aims to bring in new players to diffuse the tension between the front office and certain athletes namely DeMarcus Cousins.


In addition, the Kings currently don't have a standout guard. Bringing in Clarkson will provide the Kings with a young athlete who still has the veteran experience to lead the other guards and boost the team's offense.

Bit, to acquire Clarkson, the Kings will most likely have to trade in a couple of its players or even a draft pick.

As for Clarkson, it seems he's still fine with whatever position he will be playing in.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "As long as I'm on the court, playing minutes, I'm going to impact the game someway - if that's defensively or offensively."

"I'm always going to be aggressive on both ends of the floor," he added. "That's where I'm going to make my mark."

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