Jordan Clarkson
Clarkson gets NBA clearance, but will miss game vs Kazakhstan
( - August 15, 2018 - 9:06am

MANILA, Philippines – It’s official: Jordan Clarkson will see action for Team Philippines in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, after finally securing clearance from the NBA.

The Cleveland Cavaliers guard though will miss the Philippines’ first game against Kazakhstan on Thursday morning, per STAR columnist Joaquin Henson.

According to Henson, the NBA made a one-time exception for Clarkson to play for the Philippines in the Asian Games, a tournament excluded from the league’s agreement with FIBA concerning NBA players suiting up for their home countries.

The same exception will also reportedly apply to two of China's players who currently belong to the rosters of NBA teams: Zhou Qi and Ding Yanyuhang of the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks rosters, respectively.

In a statement released early Wednesday, the NBA said it decided to grant the exception "due to a lack of clear communication of that agreement between the NBA and the Chinese and Philippines Basketball Federations."

Reports said Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio received news of Clarkson's NBA clearance via a phone call from NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum.

The Fil-Am guard, meanwhile, will serve as the Philippines’ flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies of the quadrennial sports meet.

For his part, Clarkson earlier took to Facebook to express his delight.

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