The preparation Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has taken goes beyond building off his promising rookie season. He also has joined Octagon’s sports agency, according to league sources, in hopes of maximizing his opportunities both on and off the court. Agents Jeff Austin and Chris Emens will represent Clarkson, league sources said.
Excel Sports Management had cut ties with Clarkson in August, while the Lakers’ guard felt frustrated with the agency’s communication and conflicting information about marketing opportunities. Clarkson had worked with agents Mike George and Jeff Schwartz.
Clarkson will make $845,059 in the 2015-16 season in what marks the league minimum for a second-year player. But Clarkson could then net a lucrative deal next summer as a restricted free agent should he build off his rookie season. Clarkson also recently starred in a commercial for Smart Bro (as seen below) and has attracted a large following in the Philippines. Clarkson’s mother, Annette Davis, is Filipino.
Octagon Sports represents various NBA players, including Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sacramento’s Rudy Gay, Dallas Wesley Mathews and San Antonio’s David West. The sports agency also represents several current Lakers (Ryan Kelly, Jabari Brown) and former Lakers (Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, Milwaukee’s Kendall Marshall).
Excel Sports Management’s clients include Clippers forwards Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce, and Cleveland forward Kevin Love.
The Lakers selected Clarkson with the 46th pick in the NBA Draft. But he landed on the NBA’s All-Rookie first team amid an enhanced role on a team debilitated with injuries. Clarkson averaged 15.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting, five assists and 4.2 rebounds in 32.1 minutes through 38 games as a starter. It is expected Clarkson will share the backcourt with Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell.