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    Jordan Clarkson trade 'inevitable' as Lakers aim to clear cap space for LeBron and Co.

    Dec 31, 2017
    Will Jordan Clarkson stay a Laker at the end of the season. AP

    JORDAN Clarkson is having the finest season of his NBA career as a sixth man for the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Not even that, however, could keep him in Hollywood in the foreseeable future.

    The Fil-American guard is being tagged as one of the players that the Lakers may have to 'sacrifice' as they look to build enough salary cap room to be in a position to contend in the LeBron James and Paul George free-agency sweepstakes at the end of the season.

    A report by the Los Angeles Times say the Lakers tried to move both Clarkson and Julius Randle prior to the season and see the two being traded at the end of the season if the Lakers are to make a serious bid at either James or George, or both.

    The two are the best players set to be free agents at the end of the campaign.

    Another report bared the Lakers tried to deal Randle to the Dallas Mavericks while saying Clarkson will most likely be moved in the summer.

    Clarkson, 25, is still owed more than $25 million in 2019 and 2020 under a four-year, $50M contract he signed in 2016 while trading Randle can free up another $12.5M for the Lakers.

    Still, all the trade talk doesn't seem to bother Clarkson, who has seen his averages remain at a high level - 14.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists - even if his playing time dwindled to 23 minutes a game in his new off-the-bench role.

    His play has even sparked a move by his Filipino fans to vote him into the All-Star Game.

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