The Los Angeles Lakers may be linked to Goran Dragic in trade rumors, but that doesn't mean Jordan Clarkson has become an expendable asset. The Lakers are not interested in trading Clarkson, the 22-year-old point guard the team selected with the 46th-overall pick in the '15 NBA Draft, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. This isn't a surprising development, but it's an interesting note to keep in mind as the Lakers hold trade discussions.
Clarkson has been thrust into the Lakers starting lineup while Ronnie Price misses time and Jeremy Lin struggles to find his place under head coach Byron Scott. Clarkson is still very much a prospect, but he's shown flashes in the opportunity he's been given, and is a young player the Lakers can continue developing.
This takes Clarkson off the table as a trade asset, which could be a sticking point on any talks. Our very own Great Mambino lists Clarkson as the Lakers' fourth-best trade asset heading into the deadline, and it sounds like he'll continue his journey with the Lakers.