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Report: Spurs working out free agent big man Earl Clark

Sep 3, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

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Earl Clark had his best professional season as a member of the Lakers in 2013, and while his averages of 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds may not seem all that exciting, he regularly exceeded those numbers in his 36 appearances in the team’s starting lineup.

It was enough to get Clark a free agent deal with the Cavaliers the following summer, but he underperformed in his short time there, before Cleveland sent him to the Sixers in the midseason deal for Spencer Hawes. Philadelphia subsequently waived Clark, who finished the year on a 10-day contract with the Knicks.

It’s far from how Clark expected things to go, just one year removed from performing so well in Los Angeles. He’ll likely have options next season, and the Spurs appear to be the first to take a long look at what Clark may still have to offer.

From Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

Free-agent forward Earl Clark, who followed up a breakthrough year with the Lakers by bouncing between the Cavaliers and Knicks last year, will be working out this week for the defending champion Spurs, a source told Sporting News. Clark is in San Antonio today and will be there through Wednesday. …

The Spurs potentially have open roster spots, depending on how they handle team options, and they are reportedly considering pursuing guard Ray Allen, who might retire.

The Spurs currently have 14 players signed to guaranteed contracts for next season, with Aron Baynes likely to be the 15th, though he is a restricted free agent.

In addition to Allen, San Antonio is looking at Gustavo Ayon, as well.

Clark is going to have to show not only that he can play, but also that he’s a right fit from a personality standpoint in order for the Spurs to bother with clearing a spot for him on the roster.

  1. succulentnipples - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Big John Football would impress the Spurs.

  2. duhwighthoward - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    He basically saved the Lakers’ season the year Duhwight Howard was on the team.

  3. zachrogacion - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Didn’t he had his breakout game against the Spurs on that superstar-laden Lakers team back in 2012?

  4. kunkd - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Thought this guy had nice potential when playing for the lakers.. not surprising he flopped in CLE last year with that environment.. hope he sticks to a team

  5. bhunter1995 - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Good potential pickup for the Spurs, he can stretch the floor at times when his shot is falling and he is a surprisingly good rebounder and finisher for his size. He is the kind of player that the Spurs often pickup in free agency, he is solid at what he does, he hustles hard and has an underrated offensive game, if the Spurs sign him I would bet money that he has another breakout year.

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