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Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Lakers had 45-minute meeting with Ian Clark, Luke Walton involved

The Lakers are getting closer to the final moves of their summer.

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The Los Angeles Lakers met with unrestricted free agent guard Ian Clark for approximately 45 minutes Thursday, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are closing in on finalizing the final roster before wrapping up their offseason. Their priority is finding additional backcourt depth, and Clark is an intriguing player to fill that role.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that Clark has spent the past two seasons getting an up-close look at how the Golden State Warriors function. He’s also familiar with working with Lakers head coach Luke Walton, who coached Clark before returning to Los Angeles.

Walton also spoke with Clark, according to Medina, which could certainly help the Lakers’ recruitment efforts. Clark, 26, is coming off his best season since breaking through as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

The Lakers are looking for a veteran mentor to play behind Lonzo Ball next season. Aside from spending close to an hour with Clark, the Lakers also met with Derrick Rose for three hours on Thursday.

Whether it’s Clark, Rose or someone else, the Lakers are on track to nailing down the final moves of their first summer under new leadership.

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