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Lakers sign second rounder Jordan Clarkson


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.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.