Lakers extend qualifying offers to Clarkson, Black, Huertas
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have extended qualifying offers to Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black and Marcelo Huertas, making all three players restricted free agents.
The Lakers announced the decision Thursday.
Clarkson is averaging 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in two seasons with the Lakers. The former second-round draft pick has emerged as a key rotation player, starting in the backcourt alongside D'Angelo Russell last season.
Black started 27 games over the past two seasons, periodically showing promise despite getting sporadic playing time from coach Byron Scott. He averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds on 57.5 percent shooting for the Lakers.
The 33-year-old Huertas averaged a team-leading 3.4 assists per game as a backup last season, the Brazilian's first in the NBA after an international playing career.