Cavs’ Clarkson cleared to play in Asian Games

Jordan Clarkson has finally been cleared to play in the 2018 Asian Games.

After the NBA initially denied Jordan Clarkson‘s request to play in the 2018 Asian Games, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard has finally been cleared to participate for the Philippines, according to

The Philippine Olympic Committee appealed the ruling in part because China’s roster at the Asian Games includes Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi.

Originally, the NBA did not give Clarkson the green light to join the national team because the basketball tournament at the Asian Games is not sanctioned by FIBA, thus paving the way for a prior agreement between the NBA and international governing body of the sport to deny the league’s players chances of participating in non-FIBA tournaments.

Clarkson, a Filipino-American, will also be cleared to play for the country in the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament, in which the Philippines have two games scheduled in September before the NBA season begins in October.

The Cavs acquired Clarkson at the February trade deadline from the Los Angeles Lakers. In 28 regular-season games with Cleveland, Clarkson averaged 12.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists, shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three.

Clarkson struggled in the playoffs, though. The 26-year-old only posted 4.7 points in 19 games and shot just 30.1 percent overall and 23.9 percent from beyond the arc.

The Philippines will face Kazakhstan on Aug. 16.

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