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Kevin Love Responds to Jordan Clarkson Trade: ‘This One Hurt’
- Updated: December 24, 2019
Not long after the news broke, former teammate Kevin Love took to Instagram to express his sadness over Clarkson’s departure.
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This one hurt!!! JC really became a close friend of mine the minute he got to Cleveland—the brotherhood is so much bigger than this game we play. Wish we could have shared the court for longer but I know you’ll put in work in this next chapter. ??? on me next time we connect!!! @jordanclarksons ??????
Clarkson was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. When a rash of injuries opened up playing time for him, he proved he could contribute at a high level.
He put up 15.8 points per game in the last 38 games of the 2014-15 season.
Clarkson was then dealt to the Cavs three seasons later along with Larry Nance Jr. as part of a salary dump for the Lakers.
This season, Clarkson’s averaging 14.6 points a game and shooting a career-high 37.1 percent from three-point range.
His addition should help an offensively challenged Jazz team that ranked just 21st in offensive efficiency coming into Monday.
In return, Cleveland will get point guard Dante Exum, a top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, plus two second-round draft picks. Exum failed to pan out in Utah, but perhaps playing on a team that’s fully embraced a youth movement will help him blossom.