With the trade deadline closing in, the Cleveland Cavaliers are continuing their efforts to add scoring punch and general overall help.
One of their latest conversations has centered on Los Angeles guard Jordan Clarkson, according to multiple ESPN reports.
It is not known how the serious the Cavs and Lakers talks have been, or what the Cavs would be willing to part with in return for Clarkson — although it is believed the Cavs are starting many offers around their own first-round draft pick. (They also own the Brooklyn Nets’ first-rounder.)
The Cavs are believed to also have an interest in Lakers forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle.
Clarkson, 25, is in his fourth NBA season, all with the Lakers. He is averaging 14.6 points and 3.3 assists in 51 games this season — including 18.4 points over the last 10 games (heading into Saturday night).
NBA insiders Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski have each reported the Cavs-Lakers talks on various ESPN channels during the past week.
Along with Clarkson, the Cavs have been linked to Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Sacramento Kings guard George Hill and Atlanta Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore, along with several others.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are talking about Clarkson with several teams and may attempt to reach a contract buyout with center Brook Lopez.
Thursday is the league-wide deadline to make a deal.