Jordan Clarkson has been a polarizing player for quite some time now. He’s too much of a scorer to play the point guard but he’s not a shooting guard either. He’s too good for the second unit but not much of a defender to go out there with the starters.
Whatever the case may be, Clarkson is hooping right now. He’s playing very well when it matters most and looks like the perfect pickup for any Championship contender or a team needing a scoring punch off the bench. Even so, there’s a catch.
Clarkson is going to become a free agent and he’s likely to ask for a lot of money. That may scare away some contending teams with tight cap spaces, so he’s likely going to end up a struggling team with a huge paycheck, and then trying to pursue a buyout. These are the top 5 best destinations for him:
5. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns know that they’re walking on thin ice right now. They have two special talents on Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton but the first is reportedly frustrated about their lack of success, so they must do whatever it takes to keep him on board.
Adding Clarkson would certainly take some pressure off of Booker’s shoulders. They could even coexist at times as both can run the offense and create their own shot. He could give them the offensive spark they need when Booker is getting some rest.
4. Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons recently lost Reggie Jackson to the Los Angeles Clippers and plenty of contending teams are reportedly going to be in the mix for Derrick Rose, so that’ll leave the door wide open for Clarkson to play big minutes.
Clarkson could even try his luck as a starter with the Pistons. The team is likely going to go through a rebuild if they don’t find success early in the season, which means they could also trade away Blake Griffin. He’d get the green light to shoot as many times as he wants.
3. New York Knicks
Let’s be honest for a second here. The New York Knicks are going to be in the mix for almost every free agent next summer, as they always do. They’re allegedly going to try and build a contending team under Leon Rose’s management, and every contender needs a scoring Sixth Man.
The Knicks have a long history of overpaying players and then trading them, waiving them, or buying them out. Clarkson may become the next name on that list. They’ve also been known for stacking as many guards as they can fit in a locker room.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves look like a team on the verge of contention. They’ve actually put together a nice, interesting core with two young superstars like Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell but they still need a couple of more pieces.
Jordan Clarkson could give them a much-needed scoring punch off the bench. He could even be on the court next to Towns and Russell when they go with an all-shooters lineup. They must add some wing defenders as well if they want to make it in the West, though.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls have one of the most promising young cores in the league in Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, Kris Dunn, and Wendell Carter Jr. They’re also going to have a top-10 pick in next year’s Draft, so the future is bright for them.
So, perhaps adding someone who’ll take shots away from their young gunners may not be the wisest decision but if they favor contending over developing – which they’ve done throughout the years – then Jordan Clarkson could be an option there.