The Los Angeles Lakers have been active early on in free agency, having already inked Timofey Mozgov to a deal. The Lakers also showed they intend to keep their young core intact as Jordan Clarkson has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract with the team.
Clarkson averaged 15.5 points, 4 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals last season and has the potential to form a young, exciting backcourt going forward when paired with D’Angelo Russell.
Shams Charania and The Vertical had the report first:
Restricted free-agent guard Jordan Clarkson has reached agreement on a four-year, $50 million deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical.
The contract will contain no options, sources said.
In his second NBA season, Clarkson averaged 15.5 points, four rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 79 games.
Clarkson, 24, was one of the most unique restricted free agents on the market. He was acquired with the 46th selection in the 2014 NBA draft and outperformed his minimum rookie salary. Clarkson made the NBA All-Rookie first team in 2015.
Because of the Gilbert Arenas provision, which limits what rival teams can offer restricted free agents who have only been in the league for one or two years, the Lakers remained in position to retain Clarkson.
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