When Jordan Clarkson turned pro after his junior year at Missouri, many thought he could be a first-round pick. The 6-foot-5 guard has solid athleticism, though his game isn’t exceptionally refined. Most notably, he’s a poor perimeter shooter.
In the end, those concerns won out, and Clarkson slipped to the middle of the second round. There, the Lakers bought the No. 46 pick from the Wizards and selected Clarkson.
Now, Los Angeles is rewarding Clarkson with a contract.
Lakers team release:
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Jordan Clarkson
Clarkson gives the Lakers 13 players, so they still have a couple open roster spots. With little chance of making the playoffs and nothing more to offer above minimum salaries, don’t expect anything major.
With only Jeremy Lin and the perpetually injured Steve Nash ahead of him at point guard, Clarkson has a chance to earn a role in the rotation. Maybe the Lakers use one of those two remaining roster spots on another player who can handle ball, just for a little insurance.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.