The two teams that struggled the most last season are looking to bounce back in 2016-17. It’s recently been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers are exploring trade possibilities that wound send guard Jordan Clarkson to the Sixers in return for former first round draft pick Jahlil Okafor.
Currently, the Lakers are looking to build young talent for the future while the Sixers are in desperate need of a solid guard to run the point. Though top draft pick Ben Simmons is said to be something of a “point-forward” phenomenon, a true point guard with a high-celiing like Clarkson would serve Philadelphia well.
Technically, Clarkson cannot be traded until December after he signed his new deal with the Lakers for four years worth $50 million. The Lakers understand that they will not be in title contention any time soon and are looking to find ways to surround new head coach Luke Walton with the best, young roster possible.
Meanwhile, if Philly landed Clarkson, he would start right away and have plenty of big men to get the ball to with the likes of Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and the recently drafted prospect Dario Saric playing down low.