The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t afraid to splash a little cash.
After selecting Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick last night, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss continued to pursue another prospect.
As the draft neared completion, the purple and gold found a willing trade partner in the Washington Wizards who agreed to send the 46th pick to the Lakers in exchange for $1.8 million in cash, according to Dave McMenamin from ESPN Los Angeles.
With the pick, the Lakers selected 21-year-old point guard Jordan Clarkson from Missouri.
After transferring from Tulsa, Clarkson averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season and was impressive enough for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to place the guard in the middle of the first round on the purple and gold’s draft board.
“To get a guy like that at 46, we’re pleased,” Kupchak said, according to McMenamin.
And as for Clarkson? He’s looking forward to proving the doubters wrong.
“My agent was telling me early on that I may go in the late first round but be prepared for anything to happen,” Clarkson said, per McMenamin. “So I was, and I just took it in stride. Now all I can do is use it as motivation to really push me in this next level.”