Could a Jordan Clarkson deal be on the horizon before the NBA trade deadline?
Clarkson, who has been on a hot streak as of late, could be a trade target for the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
The Cavs, who have been struggling this season, could look to add the streaky Clarkson to their roster in an attempt to boost their firepower off the bench.
However, as one Twitter user points out, it may not be in Cleveland’s best interest to help out the Los Angeles Lakers.
Why? One name: LeBron James.
"In recent days, the Cavs have had conversations with the Lakers." – @WindhorstESPN just now on ESPN Cleveland. mentions Jordan Clarkson as a potential target
— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) January 23, 2018
Imagine the Cavs helping the Lakers clear a bad contract
— SportsNom (@SportsNom) January 23, 2018
LeBron and the Lakers have been linked for years, and rumors have been swirling for a while now suggesting that James could possibly head to the West to join the purple and gold.
Clarkson, 25, is owed $12.5 million next season, and clearing his contract from the books could help the Lakers in their pursuit of big name players on the free agent market.
Clarkson’s trade value on the rise?
If the Lakers are indeed trying to trade Clarkson as the rumors suggest, his trade value is certainly peaking at the right time.
Against the Indiana Pacers last Friday night, Clarkson scored 33 points and added 7 assists. Then, on Sunday, the guard followed up with another 29 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. The Lakers won both games.
According to Ryan Ward from ClutchPoints, Clarkson was the first bench player to put up such numbers since the 1973-1974 season.
This isn’t the first time Clarkson’s name has come up in trade rumors this season.
In a piece ESPN’s by Adrian Wojnarkowski earlier this month, the scribe shared that both Clarkson and the Lakers have a “a mutual desire to find something sooner than later.”
The 2018 NBA trade deadline is set for February 8.