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Report: Earl Clark agrees to two-year deal with the Cavaliers

Jul 4, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

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As the Lakers await word on whether or not the biggest free agent name in the league will decide to return to Los Angeles, another one of the team’s big men has already decided to skip town.

There has been mutual interest between Earl Clark and the Cavaliers in recent days, and it appears that the two sides have come to an understanding.

From Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

Source tells Sporting News that Lakers F Earl Clark has signed a 2 yr deal w the Cavaliers for $9 million

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the second year of the contract will be a team option.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports that Clark should see some minutes at the small forward position, considering that Tristan Thompson and this year’s number one overall draft pick Anthony Bennett are already firmly in place.

Clark was a throw-in in the trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers, but blossomed last season into a capable rebounder and defender, and flourished when given the chance to start during the time that Pau Gasol was sidelined with a foot injury.

He showed an ability to shoot from the outside as well as from three-point distance, but did so somewhat inconsistently.

Clark has developed substantially during his four NBA seasons, though he’ll now be joining his fourth team before his fifth season begins. He tallied career-bests in points (7.3), rebounds (5.5), and minutes played (23.1) with the Lakers last season.

  1. oldcat157 - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Good pickup by the Cavs.

  2. jamieaadams - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    …and they never heard from Earl Clark again.

  3. bucrightoff - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Kobe, Dwight, Pau, Steve Nash, Ron Ron and 7 D-Leaguers…ladies and gentleman, your 2013 LA Lakers!

  4. silverandblackfan77 - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Thats the risk of waiting on one big free agent you run the risk of letting other valuable assets walk

  5. freeworld - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    makes no sense for Clark or the cavs. they have three young good PF who are going to fight for minutes, cause chemistry problems and a trade request. they had a better chance get a true scoring SF

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      Clark will be more of a three for them.

  6. aboogy123456 - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    No!! This guy is an elite perimeter defender and the lakers really needed him. great pickup by cavs though, they look like they will be an exciting team this year with him at small forward.

    • mytthor - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      This guy is NOT an elite perimeter defender. He is a solid defender at best. And his jump shot was hot early in the year and tailed off quite a bit as he came back to earth. Would have loved the Lakers to keep him but he can’t play the 3, and they don’t have money or room for him.

  7. blakegriffin32 - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Lol what are the lakers doing

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      they can’t pay him.

  8. jacobknicks - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    He must’ve really liked Mike Brown

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      or maybe he likes taking his talent Cleveland

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Bummed. Oh well, more minutes for my favorite Laker, Jordan Hill!!!!

  10. teambringitstrong - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Love him signing with the Cavs. Now, let D12 walk and let 2013 be a down year and reload for 2014-2020. This is why they have 16 banners while the rest are excited about 2 in a row.

  11. iamhoraceknight - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    So The CAVS are trying to have the Most PFs on one team in league History.

  12. bigtrav425 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Ummm I’m confused..we already have enough PF…..this tells meAndy is getting traded

    • pl4tinum514 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      zeller, andy = C
      tristan = PF
      bennett, clark = SF/PF

      its really not that bad.

  13. fnc111 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Leaves L.A. Lifestyle for Cleveland? Enjoy the miserable winters dude.

    • tampajoey - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      The weather sucks in Cleveland compared to L.A. but the people are better and not narcissistic.

    • badintent - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      So you can suck on the Santa Ana wind storms and choking smog ? Great tradeoff, surfer dude.

      • badintent - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        And the great brush fires too. Surf’s up dude.

  14. drudefoe - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    LA is losing any hope of Contending now.. Clark is a great pick up for any Team in the League.. He’s a tireless worker and a positive presence in the locker-room..!
    Might not be an ‘elite’ defender yet, but he’s still got the time and potential to get there if a team has patience, wish he was still in Orlando..!

  15. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    He was good for 2 weeks, then was a waste of a roster spot for the rest of the year.

  16. mrgoodbar216 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Just what we needed here in cleveland. Here we come nba finals! I smell a championship now that we have Earl f—–g Clark

  17. smoothaswilkes - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Did everyone here actually watch the Lakers this past season. Clark was a nice little find when he got the minutes. He had a nice little run there for a couple months then he completely disappeared. AND more importantly he totally vanished in the playoffs.

    He’s nowhere near being an “elite defender” and while he’s a willing defender he’s barely adequate. (Of course Howard covers for a lot of defensive mistakes too.) He can’t take it the rim and his jump shot is shaky. He’ll play out of position in Cleveland for 4.5 million, which is way too much and his defense will look worse playing against legit 3’s. Matt Barnes is pissed that he’s been relegated to 1 year minimum contracts when Earl Clark is getting 4.5 million over two years.

    This will have no bearing on the Lakers’ future. There are plenty of cheaper players on the market that can do what Earl Clark can do.

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