The young core of the L.A. Lakers tweets their delight as Jordan Clarkson decides to stay put

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The L.A. Lakers have been on a gradual decline in recent years and it appeared they reached the lowest of lows last term when they recorded just 17 victories all season long, and waved goodbye to the legendary Kobe Bryant.

It's a difficult time for the Purple and Gold, but they do have a bright future on the horizon.

In Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and their latest draft pick, Brandon Ingram, they have four potential All-Stars in their ranks.

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Whilst that won't do much for the here and now, there is optimism for years to come.

As part of that, it was imperative the Lakers did not lose Clarkson this summer when he became a restricted free agent.

The former second-round pick agreed a brand new four-year deal at the weekend and stands to earn $50 million when all is said and done.

After securing his future in L.A., the other members of the burgeoning young core tweeted their delight that the future of the organisation wouldn't be broken up just yet.

Former Lakers forward Luke Walton has returned to the Staples Center as head coach this summer and is tasked with developing this young unit to happier results than what the last three years have yielded.

Keeping this batch of young starlets together was always a top priority for the franchise and now Walton will be hoping he can transfer his knowledge from the Golden State Warriors and transform the historic franchise's fortunes.

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