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Report: Knicks close to deal with Earl Clark

Feb 25, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

Earl Clark, Miroslav Raduljica AP

The New York Knicks are looking for defensive help. As they should be if you’ve watched any of their games recently.

Which is why they are close to bringing in free agent Earl Clark. A deal is near, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The New York Knicks are finalizing an agreement with free-agent forward Earl Clark, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

After acquiring him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Philadelphia released Clark, 26, and he cleared waivers to become a free agent.

Clark had played with the Cavaliers this season averaging 5.2 points on just 37.5 percent shooting (although he was hitting a respectable 34.5 percent from three). He wasn’t out there for his offense; he’s out there because he’s a good help defender and solid on the ball.

The Cavaliers traded Clark to the 76ers as part of the Spencer Hawes deal. Philadelphia instantly waived Clark, making him a free agent.

He’d be an upgrade for the Knicks (yes a guy waived by the Sixers is a defensive upgrade in New York, it has come to that). At least in terms of personnel. Mike Brown’s defensive systems are so predictable and overused — he likes to switch everything — that teams have learned how to attack it, yet the Knicks don’t really counter. They are predictable to the point of being ineffective. Do that with inferior personnel and the Knicks perimeter defense just gets torched.

Clark upgrades the personnel defensively but that’s about it. And that’s not going to be near enough against Miami.

  1. casualcommenter - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    “He’d be an upgrade for the Knicks (yes a guy waived by the Sixers is a defensive upgrade in New York, it has come to that). Mike Brown’s defensive systems are so predictable and overused that teams have learned how to attack it, yet the Knicks don’t really counter.”

    Mike Brown is the coach of the Cavaliers.

    Mike Woodson is the coach of the Knicks.

  2. stephenolszewski - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    He’s Carmelo’s sidekick he’s been needing !

  3. prosourcetalk - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    So many Mike!

  4. kb2408 - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Welp, I guess that’s it for Indy and Miami….Knicks in the Finals!!

  5. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I would rather see Tyler get the time and be developed.

  6. dylanthom2013 - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    Shots fired.

  7. jolink653 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Actually not a bad signing if they can get him to play like he did last season with the Lakers. I would have liked to see the Knicks use the other spot on Jimmer, but Shannon Brown isn’t an awful signing either.

    • imakcds - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      You are right about Earl Clark, I felt the Lakers should have kept him. I don’t know what you see in Jimmer, I thought Sac wasted a high draft pick, and Sac now knows I was right.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Jimmer on the Knicks. Think of this line up. Amare, Melo, Hardaway, Felton and Jimmer

        Easily the worst defensive team to ever walk on an NBA basketball court….

    • jolink653 - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Nothing wrong with at least taking a flier on the kid. He’s still young and can improve and we saw the talent he had in college. Maybe Sacramento just wasn’t the right situation for him. Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad the Knicks didn’t get suckered into drafting him, but why not bring him in and see firsthand what he can do. Everyone said the same thing about Jeremy Lin and the Knicks happened to catch lightning in a bottle with Lin.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        You saw poor perimeter defense giving him 3-4 feet to shoot in college. Thats not happening. The only time it did was against the Knicks this season…..

      • jolink653 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Put it this way: how much worse can the play at the guard position really get? Could he possibly be worse than Felton has been this year? I would have liked to see him play even if it was just on a ten-day contract

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