The Los Angeles Lakers have to do something otherwise they will stay outside the playoff picture once again. The team struggles to make an impact on the court and experts have come forward with different solutions. Maurice Bobb from Bleacher Report advised the Lakers to trade Utah Jazz shooting guard Jordan Clarkson. It’s interesting to note that Clarkson started his NBA career as a Laker.
“But if they still want to trade Westbrook, they should definitely try for Clarkson. Many may point to the fact that they play with the same kind of shoot-first mentality, but the differentiator between them is that Clarkson can shoot,” Bobb wrote. “He can take some pressure off LeBron James and Anthony Davis because there’s no way a defender is lagging off him, daring him to pull the trigger. He’s too lethal, especially when he gets it going. Clarkson won’t find his way to the Hall of Fame like Westbrook, but as L.A. works to address its many issues, trading the latter for the former makes all the sense in the world.”
Lakers had a trade offer for the shooting guard
Clarkson is set to earn $13.3 million this season. This makes him a reasonable option for the purple and gold. The Lakers have been linked to the Jazz for quite some time. Utah is rebuilding the team which eases each and every trade.
The Jazz shooter can help the Lakers handle their shooting situation. Clarkson is an efficient 3-point scorer who can make his own shot. He is an experienced veteran and the Lakers can sure use his threes. In the 2020-21 NBA season, the veteran hit 208 3-point shots. In the 2021-22 NBA season, Clarkson delivered 190 three-pointers. There’s more. Clarkson worked hard to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2021.
The Jazz saw great performance from Clarkson in the first seven games of the regular season. He is averaging 17.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists while going 43.0% from the field, 37.5% from beyond the arc, and 73.7% from the free-throw line.
Utah may be interested in getting Westbrook and may start off another wave of negotiations with the Lakers.