Jordan Clarkson re-signed with the Utah Jazz for four more years on a $52 million deal this NBA free agency period.
Clarkson, 28, arrived in Utah last December 24 after a trade from Cleveland for Dante Exum.
And for the Filipino-American spitfire guard, he wants to stay for the long haul to do something special with the young squad they have in Utah.
“You look at the key players here, we’re all kinda in young years.
“Definitely giving us some time to accomplish what we want, and that’s winning and try[ing] to win a championship,” said the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
With a youthful core of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Clarkson felt it is just right to stay and reach greater heights as the team matures and peaks.
Just last season in the NBA bubble, Utah was the sixth seed in the West. It pushed eventual conference finalist Denver in the quarterfinals to a winner-take-all Game 7 which the former, unfortunately, lost.
But Clarkson sees greater things ahead of the up-and-coming bunch of players they have in Utah. And he wants to be there when the team reaches the top of the basketball world.
In Utah, Clarkson definitely found his role in the organization as the spark plug off the bench, as the sixth man. He averaged 15.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 42 matches played last season.
With that, the top brass of the Jazz made an aggressive offer for his services.
And for Clarkson and the Jazz, it’s a perfect match.
“It meant they wanted me here, and I want to be here as well. That’s why it happened so fast just as free agency jumped off. I’m happy to be here and can’t wait to see what we have coming in the future.”