The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of a very mediocre season and looking at the way the team has been playing lately, it’s pretty safe to assume that they’re not going to get much higher in the Western Conference standings.
It’s been a while since the Lakers were competitive and even made it to the playoffs, and it’s been a major struggle to rebuild the franchise following the post-Kobe Bryant era, although some nice prospects like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram are quite promising for the future.
Nonetheless, patience is coming to an end for one of the greatest franchises in competitive sports, and they’re keen to enter win-now mode after making a run at some top-notch free agents after the end of this campaign.
That’s why they’re currently trying to clear some cap space while moving some young and promising assets like Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr and most importantly, Larry Nance Jr, who’s having a terrific season putting averages of 14.3 points, 2.9 points, and 3.3 assists despite playing off the bench.
Considering the Clarkson trade is pretty much a fact, we’re going to take a look at the top 5 best destinations for the young combo guard.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are pretty much desperate at this point and want to trade for every guy that’s capable of fixing that mess, and Clarkson would be a great upgrade at the backup point guard position considering Derrick Rose is never able to play at all.
So, in order to do so, the Cavs could send standout prospect Ante Zizic alongside Cedi Osman to the Lakers, who’d be thrilled to part ways with Clarkson in order to get this deal done as soon as possible.
4. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are struggling mightily and sliding in the standings, so they’re pretty much a lock to enter tank mode right now, although they refuse to deal Marc Gasol as their franchise cornerstone.
Still, they could definitely let Tyreke Evans go, as he’s playing the best ball of his career right now but is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. So, they could send Evans plus a future 2nd rounder in order to land a great youngster for their future in Clarkson.
3. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz is trying to make the playoffs and they could definitely use some firepower and capable ball-handling off the bench in Jordan Clarkson in order to make a run as soon as Rudy Gobert comes back from injury.
Besides, they need to part ways with Derrick Favors as soon as possible, as the tweener big man is a lock to walk away for free at the end of the season. To make this deal more appealing for the Lakers, they’d have to include a 2nd round pick as well.
2. Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are one of the most inconsistent teams in the Eastern Conference and considering Reggie Jackson has been a major bust and is also quite injury prone, Jordan Clarkson may even just outplay him and grab onto the starting point guard gig.
Besides, the Pistons are getting used to playing without Avery Bradley, who’s also set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so they could just send him to LA alongside a couple of picks or at least one 2nd rounder.
1. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks already have a very deep team and are on the verge of a breakout season, although it feels like they’re still a couple of steps away from becoming a legit threat in the Eastern Conference and at least make the Conference Finals.
Considering they already have Malcolm Brogdon locked in as their backup point guard, they could let Jordan Clarkson play off the ball and provide a much-needed shooting stroke off the bench. Sadly for them, they’d have to part ways with Thon Maker, one of the most exciting prospects in the league, but that’s still pretty rough.