Last season, the one bright spot for the Los Angeles Lakers was rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson, the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
After starting 38 games last season, Clarkson was named to the All-Rookie first team and then continued his impressive play when the 2015-16 campaign tipped off in October.
However, due to Clarkson being a second-round pick and the Lakers signing him to a two-year deal, the 23-year-old will be eligible to become a free agent this summer.
Clarkson will be a restricted free agent, though, which means the Lakers will have the opportunity to match any offer the Missouri product receives from rival teams.
“It’s going to be virtually impossible for him to leave us,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said of Clarkson, according to Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times.
Clarkson, who will earn $845,059 this season, is certainly set for a pay rise this summer.
The 6’5″ guard is currently averaging 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.9 minutes per game.