They liked the career arc of their 2014 second-round pick, privately touting his potential and work ethic, and planned to keep the restricted free agent even if he signed an offer sheet with another team, at which point the Lakers would have matched it.
Clarkson, 24, made $845,000 last season. A person familiar with his thinking called the deal "great news."
The Lakers have more than $30 million left to spend toward next season’s payroll. They are still seeking a small forward and could be “in the mix” for
Harkless, 23, averaged only 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds last season with Portland. He fared better in the playoffs, scoring double figures in seven consecutive games against the Clippers and Golden State.
The Lakers were highly interested in small forward
As such, the Lakers currently envision plugging rookie
Clarkson averaged 15.5 points, four rebounds and 2.4 assists in his second
In the first hour of free agency, the Lakers agreed to terms with free-agent center
Shaw worked on Phil Jackson’s staff and also won three championships as a Lakers player in the early 2000s. Shaw was the
Madsen was on the Lakers' staff the past two years under Coach Byron Scott. He won championships as a player in 2001 and 2002.
Filling out Walton’s staff was Jesse Mermuys, who was with the
The Lakers' summer-league entry will have regular-season holdovers D'Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr., along with rookie Ingram.
Clarkson is not on the roster because he's proven himself enough at the NBA level, according to a person familiar with the situation. In addition, he's now one of the Lakers' highest-paid players.
Julius Randle is also not on the roster but has not been inactive this summer. He has been taking part in private two-a-days, working out with a personal trainer in the morning and a shooting coach in the afternoon.
Randle, Russell, Clarkson and Ingram will be on the USA Select team next month. They will scrimmage against Team USA in exhibition games and some training-camp practices before the Rio Olympics.
Other players on the Lakers’ summer-league team include
The Las Vegas summer league begins July 8 and lasts about a week for most teams.