The Wizards reportedly sold the pick to the Lakers despite not having another pick in this draft.
Clarkson should be able to help the Lakers, who are light on depth and took a forward, Julius Randle, in the lottery. Clarkson, 22, is one of the older players in the draft after three seasons in Columbia. He averaged 17.1 points and 3.4 assists per game for the Wildcats. His strengths are his athleticism and size, and he fits a type that Mitch Kupchak certainly has liked in the past.
Steve Nash's future is unclear and Jordan Farmar is a free agent. Clarkson will be expected to play in the Las Vegas Summer League in July, and the Lakers faithful will hope to see a spark.