by Brian Yalung
The 2019 NBA Draft is expected to go down today although others are eager to see what will happen during the free agency period which starts on June 30. Among the big names most will be monitoring include Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and Al Horford – all of whom are expected to land max contracts.
There are more players expected to test the NBA free agent market – including Clarkson’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammates D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. As far as the Fil-American guard is concerned, Russell could be headed to the Phoenix Suns while Randle’s next stop may be the Brooklyn Nets. He made the call on his Twitter account last June 16.
DLO to PHX KYRIE TO BRKLYN JULIUS TO BRKLYN
— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) June 15, 2019
Clarkson, Randle, and Russell were teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2015-17. All were eventually dealt, DLO being the first one when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets along with Timofey Mozgov in exchange for Brook Lopez and the rights to Kyle Kuzma in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Clarkson, along with Larry Nance Jr., went to the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 2018 in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a 2018 first-round draft pick. Randle became a free agent several months later and ended up signing with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Seeing Russell end up in Phoenix would make a bit of sense since he is a close friend of Devin Booker. Randle, someone who is coming off a good NBA season, could be a good fit for the Nets who could use more muscle in the frontline. Kevin Durant was the earlier target of the Nets until that unfortunate ruptured Achilles injury which will force him to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season. Davis was another rumored target before the Lakers locked in on the 26-year-old All-Star center-forward.
Irving has been closely linked to the Nets and the New York Knicks although it had links to Durant. With Durant out, the word out right now is that Brooklyn has taken a different turn – something other teams may do as well according to the New York Post.
Most are now wondering if Clarkson was simply trying to make a prediction or potentially know something about his former teammates. All that should be cleared up once NBA free agency gets underway.