Update: Julius Randle is happy to see Clarkson back in purple and gold as well! Original story follows.
Jordan Clarkson moved quickly in free agency on Thursday night/Friday morning, re-upping with the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year deal reportedly worth $50 million. Clarkson remaining in the fold is excellent news for the Lakers, who get to retain their second-round steal on a reasonable contract. Both sides were also spared what can sometimes be a protracted and awkward negotiating process during restricted free agency.
Clarkson will make about six times more in the first year of his new deal than he did in the first two-years of his career combined, and no one was happier to see him get a raise and to have him remain a part of the Lakers going forward than his teammates. Larry Nance, Jr. and D'Angelo Russell took to Twitter after the news of Clarkson's new contract leaked, and both expressed excitement that the Lakers wouldn't be looking for a replacement at shooting guard (or at least they appeared to be excited, it's hard to tell sometimes with emojis):
JJJJJJJCCCCCC @JClark5on— D'Angelo Russell (@Dloading) July 1, 2016
July 1, 2016
Lakers fans are probably just as happy as those two that the Lakers' young core is sticking together for the foreseeable future.
You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.