Earl Clark, the fan-favorite backup center that bounced from Phoenix to Orlando last season, is bouncing all the way to China for next season. And not in the Dwyane Wade “I’m open to it” way — Clark is going.
Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted the news.
Earl Clark has signed a one-year deal with a Chinese team, sources confirm. Sources say Clark’s deal doesn’t include an NBA out.
Clark was a free agent so he doesn’t need an opt-out to return to the NBA. In fact, no matter what he will not be back in the NBA next season now.
Clark is off to the land of rice and fish — the deal is with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, the team reportedly also trying to woo Dirk Nowitzki.
We don’t know how much the Louisville product will make in China, but it’s more than the nothing he would make if the entire NBA season gets wiped out. Also he will be one of the best big men in the Chinese Basketball Association, so he should have some fun.
Kentucky held a two-day combine last season for NBA scouts.
Now, LSU and UNLV are following suit.
Rob Dauster of NBC Sports:
The Runnin’ Rebels will hold their event on October 23rd and 24th at the Mendenhall Center, UNLV’s practice facility, sources told NBCSports.com. The expectation is that all 30 NBA teams will be in attendance.
LSU has potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons and another first-round prospect in Tim Quarterman.
UNLV features lottery prospect Stephen Zimmerman.
This won’t replace scouts attending games and watching practices, but the fact that all 30 teams plan to attend shows how seriously the pro league takes these. No college team wanted John Calipari to have that competitive advantage in recruiting, so the smart ones are leveling the field with their own combines. Soon, more college teams will follow.
As the calendar gets packed, NBA teams might have to pick and choose which they attend. At that point, we might get little clues about which prospects they’re scouting hardest.
I’m assuming Frank Kaminsky is fulfilling some type of rookie hazing ritual.
I also watched this way too many times.