• Speaking at Jordan Clarkson‘s basketball camp, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said he’s challenged Clarkson to take home Sixth Man of the Year honors this season.

    Johnson said, “(Clarkson) is going to play a major role in us being a better team this year. We felt we put some weapons around him that would even make his game better. I have challenged him because I want him to be Sixth Man of the Year, so I’ve challenged him to play like that.” This comes on the heels of a report that the Lakers feel confident that they can trade Clarkson to make space next summer, and him winning the award would certainly make him more appealing. It also cements the expectation that the Lakers will start Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the backcourt. Clarkson started a few games at point last season but still played well in a reserve role, averaging 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 threes per game over the full year. He’ll be a fine late round selection.

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