Jordan Clarkson is a restricted free agent in July but has no plans to leave the Los Angeles Lakers, especially since they hired Luke Walton as their new head coach to replace Byron Scott.
After two years in charge that saw the Lakers record back-to-back franchise-worst finishes, the Purple and Gold decided it was time to head in a new direction without Scott.
Up step Golden State Warriors assistant and former Lakers man Walton. His stock was high after leading the Warriors to an NBA-record 24-0 start to the season in the absence of Steve Kerr and he chose an emotional reunion with his former franchise.
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Speaking to ESPN over the weekend, shooting guard Clarkson said the new arrival gave him even more incentive to stay with the Lakers: “It really impacts it a lot. That style of play fits me, as well as the other guys.
"I definitely want to stay here in L.A. and be here. I said in my exit interview, I don't want to be that guy who bounces around from team to team.
“I want to be here in L.A. -- a place where I can call home -- and leave a legacy. The hiring makes it even better.”
Walton is taking on a very different challenge to his current role in the Bay. The roster he took over at the beginning of 2015-16 was filled with All-Star talent and championship winners.
His first task with the Lakers will be making them competitive once more. The second most successful franchise in history have spent far too long in the wilderness but have assembled some good pieces through their struggles.
Clarkson is joined by fellow sophomore Julius Randle and rookie D'Angelo Russell as the trio who can bring the good times back to the Staples Center. Couple that with a potential number one pick in the draft, the signs are good for the future.
It will be interesting to see what Walton can do in his first role as head coach.