CLEVELAND -- Entering the final season of his contract, Jordan Clarkson is still a year away from hitting the free agent market.
But when he does, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard will have one of basketball's most famous agents by his side.
Taking to social media on Friday afternoon, Klutch Sports confirmed that it has signed Clarkson, who was previously represented by Omar WIlkes of Octagon Basketball. Klutch is owned and operated by Rich Paul, whose polarizing tactics have been the subject of much consternation and debate throughout the NBA in recent months.
A close friend of former Cavs megastar LeBron James, Paul founded Klutch in 2012. In the time since he has put together an impressive roster of players, which other than James includes Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Ben Simmons, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe.
A Cleveland native and Benedictine High School grad, Paul is no stranger to Northeast Ohio. In addition to James, he has represented and negotiated contracts for players on the Cavs including Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and incoming first-round pick Darius Garland.
Recently, Paul has come under fire for his role in helping Davis orchestrate a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. After publicly asking for a trade from his team in January, Davis was fined $50,000 -- before ultimately being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he'll team up with James, earlier this month.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated for a cover story a week before the trade occurred, Paul defended his actions throughout the highly publicized ordeal.
“It was necessary to go public,” Paul said of the January trade demand. “When I told you, ‘Here’s our intentions,’ and you say, ‘Hey, let me talk to ownership,’ and instead of you talking to ownership you call Anthony Davis? That’s called being ignored.
"And trying to get between a player and his agent? Every GM knows that.”
With Clarkson, there figures to be significantly less drama -- although, it wouldn't be surprising to see Cleveland part ways with the shooting guard this season, given his impending free agency. In a season in which the Cavs turned in a 19-62 record -- good for the second-worst in the league -- the 26-year-old Clarkson was one of Cleveland's few bright spots as he averaged a team-best 16.8 points in 81 games off the bench.
Acquired from the Lakers at the 2018 NBA trade deadline, Clarkson is scheduled to make $13.437 million in the 2019-20 season.