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Jordan Clarkson dropped far lower than he expected in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Lakers were quick to trade into the second round to grab the Missouri guard with the 46th pick. Now, the Lakers have announced they have officially signed him:

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Jordan Clarkson, the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, whose rights were acquired from the Washington Wizards on draft night, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Clarkson was the best player on the Lakers’ Summer League team, leading them in points and rebounds, while shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range.

At 6’5 with a long wingspan, Clarkson has the ability to play both guard positions, though he may struggle to see the court early as the Lakers have a number of guards on the roster. Guys like Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash, Nick Young, and Xavier Henry could all be above Clarkson on the depth chart to start the season.

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Nonetheless, Clarkson gives the Lakers a young, athletic guard who can create off the dribble, and has the potential to be a lockdown defender. The team simply doesn’t have many players who can do those things.

At this time, there is no word on the exact details of the contract.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    I have been waiting all summer for this news.Great player i am into his game.

    • Jim213

      Thirteen official now (+1 summer camp invite) as will likely receive the rookie minimum of ($507,336) 2014-15. Prefer if FO acquired another 5 rather than another 3. Although E Okafor seems unlikely since half the league has shown some type of interest in him including the top teams ready to make a deep playoff run.

      • 1mtoldman

        i thought there were 2 summer invites. dont remember their names but pretty sure there were two.

        • Jim213

          Roscoe Smith is the only one I see but better double check.

      • independentbynature

        Okafor will not be healthy enough to play until the 2nd half of the season.I read it this morning.I believe it was on the bleacher report or it could have been probasketballtalk.Not sure.I read them all.

        • Jim213

          Read the same news too on a different site. However, it’s mostly to add a big body inside (5) tho he’d still have to work his way up to being the all star he’s been in past times.

          Aside of that adding another big body to the team’s weakest position can only help them for the long haul (season). There’s still some good US native bigs playing overseas that can help inside.

          5′s that would help fill in void temporarily IMO.

          Paul Davis – (BC Khimki Moscow*) light feet somewhat skills while capable of finishing above the rim. (big body)

          Shelden Williams (Tianjin Ronggang of China) recently re-signed with team.

          Shawn James – (Maccabi Tel Aviv) defense purposes

          James Gist (Panathinaikos) for defense purposes mostly

          Marcus Slaughter UFA?

          Richard Hendrix UFA?

          Some of these players have recently re-signed with their teams but will be making less or more than the NBA vet minimum this upcoming season.

          • independentbynature

            I agree.I would rather see another big added to the roster than a guard,preferably a rim protecting center.No More Smallball !!!

          • Jim213

            IMHO, still need to adapt somewhat to the other team so some sort of small ball should still be present. However, not in the way Donephoni executed it. But Scott knows and will adapt appropriately.

      • cj

        we dont need 7 players at pf center. the thunder play perkins at their starting center he is 6-10 and puts up worse stats then scare does in more pt. we dont need another big

        • Jim213

          Disagree, best to cover the 5 if things don’t pan out for Hill or Davis at the position. Rather have a more experienced player backup the 5 other than Sacre (no diss to him) b/c Scott won’t be playing an 11-13 man rotation.

          The team has more than enough players who can play the 4 and both 2-3 positions (versatile) aside of 3 pg’s tho 4 if one is needed. Hill didn’t play past 30 minutes a game this past season and Sacre seems more suited to come off the bench as opposed to start if time called for it. If things don’t work out with Davis best to have a more reliable insurance policy.

          • Thomas Klein

            We can add a big and another guard, with Clarkson, were at 13, we can have 15, the problem is finding a big that’s any good, that will play for the minimum salary. I don’t think your going to find anyone that could crack the rotation of Hill, Davis, Sacre. Hill is the best rebounder, Ed Davis is the best rim protector, and Sacre is the biggest and heaviest. If we’re facing a big center who likes to back down their opponent, we’ll play Sacre.

          • Jim213

            Nah, IMO they’ll leave one spot open for a 14 man roster. Out of all the 3 possible 5s, Davis, has the edge given his more substantial minutes on the floor. However, don’t expect Scott to go with a 13 player rotation next season. So the players who produce will see time on the floor. As opposed to last season given the injuries and Donephi’s hard hardheadedness.

          • cj

            we have three very capable centers in hill davis and scare we dont need to add a fourth. the lakers need to stay away from roster redundancy.

          • Jim213

            Disagree, Hill will contribute defensively but both Sacre and Hill aren’t offensively polished to call them capable/reliable (in my terms) players to do it night in and out. Again IMO there’s more than enough bodies to cover the 1 thru 4 positions. I’d settle for a more experienced 5 (vet $$) as not forgetting last season’s injuries which hurt the team last season.

            Three to four players can cover the 1. Plenty of versatile players who can cover the 2 and 3 to which if #24 returns to his old healthy self certain players won’t see too much playtime on the floor (kobe 30+ mins imo). The four is covered which leaves the weakest position on the roster currently being the 5.

          • comrade24

            Not to mention Hill is our best and most likely trade asset

      • Alb_LakersNation

        This is my favourite player for the current situation on Lakers roster:

        Jermaine O’Neal
        6′ 11″, 255
        Born Oct 13, 1978 in Columbia, (Age: 35)
        Drafted 1996: 1st Rnd, 17th by POR
        Experience 18 years

        The short profile from ESPN tells us a lot about this very good player and I really don’t get why the FO aren’t pushing to get him. I can’t realize the situation regarding the cap space and the consequent financial penalty, but I think such a player, with min vet salary, would fit very nice on this squad.

  • vdogg

    finally! clarkson is going to be a good player… he can get to the basket with the best of them. you can tell he’s really worked on his shooting, too.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers Sign Jordan Clarkson

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    EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Jordan Clarkson, the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, whose rights were acquired from the Washington Wizards on draft night, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

    In the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Clarkson led the Lakers’ entry in scoring, (15.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.0) while shooting 42.1% (8-19) from beyond-the-arc in five games (all starts). In his debut vs. Toronto, he led the team with 21 points on 7-15 shooting (2-4 from three-point range) with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

    The 6’5’’ guard from Missouri was named Second Team All-SEC by the coaches in his lone season with the Tigers. An early entry candidate after his junior season, Clarkson spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Tulsa, where he was selected First Team All-Conference USA in 2011-12, following his C-USA All-Freshman team honors in 2010-11.

  • Ray-Marcus

    Great news…this kid is going to be a problem in the league soon

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I agree.He is something amazing a very gifted player with height and speed to evade a defender or just as easily post up a defender that’s a big problem for the opposing guard.Also he is hitting his jumper again like he did at Marshall and he is a well coached player from his trainer Jay Hernandez and coach at Missouri.He reminds me of Michael Carter-Williams with a much better jumper and much more range on his jumper.He shoots better and he is very athletic and fast.

      • Ray-Marcus

        He’s a confident lad too so hopefully he will not be phased by the big moments. Been a laker and NBA fan since 1999 and I have not been this excited about a prospect since Ariza. The kid’s confidence reminds me of Lance

  • LakerSpartan117

    Go ahead Seann…. You’ve earned it.

  • http://www.niknokseyer.com/ Niknok Seyer

    Finally ! :D

  • DOC4DaLakeshow

    Im assuming they waited until the trades were no longer an option

    • 1mtoldman

      i think so. some people thought clarkson would be traded because he wasn’t signed but my understanding is that it is normal for a second round pick to not be singed until closer to training camp.

      • DOC4DaLakeshow

        I was also thinking trade….im glad he is signed…i was still hoping fro a SF….not at his expense tho

  • Maven

    I think the Lakers should buyout Steve Nash and allow him to play for a contender so he can have a finally crack at a NBA ring.Then the Lakers would greatly benefit by doing that since Jordan Clarkson would get the major minutes needed to develop into a very good NBA player and it would be a invaluable experience for Jordan Clarkson.

    The best way to learn to be a great NBA player is by playing in real time actual in game minutes are the only way to the top of the ladder.Sitting on the bench and collecting a pay check is not the way to be a great player but actually being thrown into the game is the best way to develop a player into being special.Player that don’t log many minutes as a rookie usually don’t pan out.No disrespect intended to the former great Steve Nash.But this is more about the Lakers future and developing Jordan Clarkson than it is Nash.

    And Steve Nash can hamper the development of Jordan Clarkson by taking away very valuable minutes away from him and by saying that many will argue that Steve Nash will teach Jordan Clarkson and train him well that’s cool and all but it’s still not actual on the court action.That would be like saying Derek Fisher gets all the minutes while Russell Westbrook sits on the bench and learns also waiting his turn once Derek Fisher leaves that’s ridiculous to imagine that and Steve Nash should go to another team we have Jordan Clarkson now and he definitely needs the playing time and he must get minutes.

    • Realistic Laker Fan

      Nash isn’t going to hamper Clarkson if anything the Lakers can use Nash to mentor him, I doubt Nash plays to many games next season he only played 65 games total with the team in 2 years (out of 162 total).

      • Joey Torres

        164 total.

    • the_lorb

      Why would a pass first PG take away playing time from a score first combo guard?

      They would play side by side off the bench in a small lineup with Clarkson as the SG.

      • box5

        No they won’t, clarkson getting minutes baring injury on this team would have to come at the 1, depth chart at the two kobe, young, henry, and sometimes possibly johnson yell

        • Thomas Klein

          Wes Johnson is strictly a small forward unless playing out of position. Nick Young is also predominantly a small forward, and will spend the bulk of his minutes there as 6th man. That leaves Kobe and Henery, and if memory serves me, they both had a few missed games due to injury last year, plus Kobe’s minutes should be kept to around 30 a game, that leaves playing time for Clarkson between the two guard spots.

    • Thomas Klein

      Buying out Steve Nash’s contract means paying him for three years when he’s not here. Look if Steve is Healthy, and he takes playing time away from Clarkson in his rookie year, that’s a GOOD problem to have, Steve Nash is one of the most effective passers and floor generals to EVER play the game, the Lakers will be winning games with a Healthy Nash and Bryant on the floor. Besides, Clarkson can still get some playing time at the two.

      • Ray-Marcus

        I like Clarkson a lot but a healthy Nash-Kobe combo would improve our prospects a lot…remember two seasons ago they essentially got us the seventh seed

        • Okaaay

          Great point. Also, the IQ that Nash has, when he’s on the court, is impossible to replace – even at his age. This team could benefit from ANY type of production that Steve can offer.

    • Al Haldie

      Two different players ones fast and ones slow – one plays D the other , not so good – there will be times that will fit each player….

  • Wayner

    I know this is hella late but how come Clarkson was able to play in the summer league without a contract but Randle couldn’t ?

    • 1mtoldman

      i was going 2 say randle did play in summer league but i see what you mean it says randle missed the first game because hadn’t signed contract. the nba/cba rules and complications are baffling to me. but maybe its the difference between a second and first round pick? one other person is typing they probably know the answer.

      • Wayner

        Ok thanx i was thinking the same thing the difference between 1st round and 2nd round issues but i didn’t kno for sure.

        • 1mtoldman

          neither do i. was hoping the “one other person is typing” would be able 2 answer you but no further answer appeared.

      • karasoon4

        I don’t think 1st/2nd round makes a difference. Remember, Andrew Wiggins played all summer league without officially being signed by Cleveland. For whatever reason, Lakers chose to hold off on letting him play until he was signed.

        • cj

          randle choose not to play the first game because he was coming off of injury and did not want to hamper the amount of cash on his contract.he new if he played bad the lakers would have given him a smaller amount of money. wiggens played in the summer league with out a contract because he new he would be fine.

        • Thomas Klein

          Signing players and keeping it all under the cap is like a giant game of Chess, it has to be done in a very specific order to work sometimes, Randle could always be signed, because he was the Lakers top draft pick, but signing him too soon would have meant, not retaining Ryan Kelly, or Xavier Henry, and we might not of even had enough to get the winning bid on Boozer, it’s all in the sequence it’s done. By waiting a few extra weeks, the Lakers made it work for the most part, Marshall was the only casulity.

          • 1mtoldman

            of the various explanations offered here this seems to make the most complete sense to me altho the articles at the time seemed to imply there was some actual legal technicality here generic as opposed to situational. not important and as u say all the strange nba rules are hopelessly complex require i suppose legions of “sports attorneys” to sort it all out. and manipulate with success.

      • Mario

        I heard Julius got a higher percentage by waiting a few extra days,he was able to get the highest amount for a rookie where he was picked.NBA TV said he got paid more by waiting to the date that he did,the Lakers were able to pay him a extra kicker to boost his pay.I hope this was helpful.

        • cj

          this…….

      • cj

        randle choose not to play the first game because he was coming off of injury and did not want to hamper the amount of cash on his contract. wiggens played in the summer league with out a contract because he new he would be fine.

    • Bruce

      Just a guess, maybe because the Lakers send money to Washington to buy his rights and drafted him.

    • cj

      randle choose not to play the first game because he was coming off of injury and did not want to hamper the amount of cash on his contract. wiggens played in the summer league with out a contract because he new he would be fine. clarkson just played like all second rounders do

  • ernie824

    Yes finally lol

  • camo

    This guy was a steal at #46. I’m ecstatic to see him play for the purple and gold.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    That’s good to hear happy about that!

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Good to hear he’ll be wearing the number 6

  • nash screwed the lakers

    Jordan Clarkson > Steve Nash

    • Mario

      Jordan Clarkson needs the minutes and Nash must just move on.Clarkson is the future of the Lakers and Nash is the past of the Suns.Clarkson must get Meaningful playing time under guard friendly coach Byron Scott.

  • RUDY T.

    Jordan Clarkson might be the Lakers starting point guard that’s how good he is.

    • cj

      not even close lin is better then clarkson.

      nash if healthy is better then clarkson.

      dont overrate the kid

      • Ray-Marcus

        Right now of course, but you never know once the season gets underway…Mitch Kupchak is play it safe kind of GM…and if he was willing to pay 1.8 million then the kid must be special. His willingness to do dirty work and clean up after Kobe/Nash will dictate his minutes and also his 3 ball shooting

        • cj

          i never said he cant play but to sit here and say he might start for us this season is wrong. he may be our future starter but he wont be this season unless lin and nash go down

  • Mesavi Makela

    I think he’s going to be Koby replacement..make my word on this one. say it first :)

  • Eman94

    I hope he turns out to be a steal, it’s still too early to tell if he is despite many people already saying he is. I think his biggest value can be his defense he’s got a good but not great wingspan and he’s got good size. If he can secure the backup PG spot and average a steal a game this year while guarding both guard positions then I think he’ll be a good pickup. Defense has to be his calling card though and I hope he realizes this, I think he’s got more potential on the defensive side than on the offensive side. He played good defense in college and I think that’s going to be his biggest strength heading into the nba.

  • James Alverad

    I’m very happy to see the Lakers finally signed Jordan Clarkson and I hope that he stay with Lakers for a very long time, I think this kid is very special and his got a lot upside perhaps like D Fisher with all round game points and defense in couple years he might turn like J Lin of 2012 New York Knicks.

  • rrayne cajigal

    hope this kid will be eligible to play for our philippine national team in the future.

  • Thomas Klein

    Clarkson will be a very good player, by the end of his rookie year that will be obvious to all the GMs that passed on him.

    • vdogg

      they will regret it sooner than that!

  • vdogg

    time to plug in the ‘ninja blender’!!!!!

  • Brandon Leong

    don’t understand why this signing took so long..it was a no brainer

  • Zach

    This guy could be the best player on the team by next season, though he’s not very good.

  • Mr.Barboza

    Jordan Clarkson>Jeremy Lin
    Jordan Clarkson>Steve Nash

  • Matthew Gillies

    This kid could be Damian Lillard good…just wait!

  • Richard

    Jordon looks fearlessly like the real deal. Looks lie his talents will be a productive asset for the Lakers.

  • numb1lakefan

    my pick for ROY candidate hands down

  • Eroc

    I like how Mark Madsen said (about the summer league) that he was digesting their coaching and seemed to be quickly learning the different wrinkles to the offensive sets they had him running. He’s got talent, is motivated, and is coachable. He could turn out to be pretty good things. Hope he continues to work hard on his game.

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