Cavs’ Clarkson won’t play in Asian Games

Jordan Clarkson and the Cavaliers were hot early, but faded in the second half in a loss to the Pelicans.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson won’t play in the 2018 Asian Games, according to a report from ESPN.

The NBA did not give Clarkson the green light to join the national team. The 2018 Asian Games begin Aug. 18.

Clarkson, a Filipino-American, will 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, per the report.

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.

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