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Earl Clark schedules second free agent meeting with Cavaliers

Jul 2, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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The Lakers are essentially consumed with Dwight Howard at the moment, and are awaiting his free agent decision before they can begin to make moves to solidify the team’s roster for next season.

While they wait, one of their key big men is in negotiations with someone else.

Earl Clark played a significant role for the Lakers last season, and showed some signs as a solid defensive presence and capable rebounder whose production peaked when given the opportunity to play real minutes once Pau Gasol went down with a foot injury.

Clark is an unrestricted free agent, however, and there are teams that will likely pay more than what the Lakers can offer for a big man with his skill set. The Cavaliers are one of them, and they are in the process of negotiating for Clark’s services.

From Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

Free-agent forward Earl Clark met with the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Tuesday, and though no contract offers were made, the two sides are expected to meet again Wednesday, a source told Sporting News.

The source labeled the interest between Clark and the Cavaliers “very mutual.”

Clark averaged career-highs in points (7.3), rebounds (5.5), and minutes played (23.1) with the Lakers last season, but he, like anyone else on the Lakers free agent radar, will have to wait on what Howard decides before the team will engage.

  1. lakerade - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Are there any bird rights or ability for the lakers to pay clark more than the mini-mid? He got game.

  2. halfbaht - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Got fit for both Earl and the Cavs

  3. tcclark - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Exactly what the Cavs need…. another Power Forward

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      He can play both forward positions, but I think he’s better as a small forward than a power forward. His length and lateral quickness would allow him to shut down other small forwards, he can hit the 3, run the floor, dribble, and pass well. Very good fit for the cavs, but as a lakers fan I really hope he stays.

  4. sportsnut101 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    He can play the 3 or 4 or backup center he’s 6’10 when teams go small he can spread the floor with 3pt shot. But he needs touches def. I do like the signing better then there draft choices

  5. zzr600guy - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Clark seems like a good young player but the Cavs are pretty set now at PF with Bennett, Thompson, Samuels, and Andy. They need a SF.

  6. asimonetti88 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Earl Clark is a nice versatile big man that can play off the bench and fill in as a starter when needed. Hope the Lakers can keep him.

  7. stephenolszewski - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    If the Cavs do sign Clark I can’t help but think Tristan Thompson is the odd man out, sad to say because he’s a player I like a lot

  8. dirtydavis - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Ive been watching the Cavs for a while and i know one thing….Cavs are a joke!!!

  9. aboogy123456 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    For those of you who are saying that earl clark is only a power forward, you are wrong. He is probably better as a small forward and would be a great fit for the cavs starting lineup.

    • dirtydavis - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Too slow for a SF and too weak for a PF

  10. paulhargis53 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    dirtydingus, you don’t know anything about your own team, why would you try to analyze another? You need to stop making a fool out of yourself. I’m embarassed for you.

  11. badge3832 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    I don’t think Earl Clark is a good player.

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