Earl Clark had his best NBA season with the Lakers back in 2013, posting averages of 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while starting in 36 of his 59 appearances.
It was enough for him to secure a free agent deal with the Cavaliers, but last season was a disastrous one in Cleveland, and Clark ultimately became one of the team’s casualties.
He was dealt to the Sixers in the middle of the season as part of the trade for Spencer Hawes, only to be waived shortly thereafter.
This year, Clark has been spending time in the D-League, attempting to impress enough to make it back to an NBA roster. It appears as though he may have found a suitor.
Lakers, Earl Clark working on a one-year deal, league sources told Yahoo. He’s averaging nearly 30 points for Houston’s D-League affiliate.
L.A., obviously, can use all the help it can get right now — especially on the defensive end of the floor, where the team ranks dead last in points allowed per 100 possessions, and it isn’t even close.
The Lakers have lost three players to season-ending injuries (Julius Randle, Xavier Henry, Steve Nash), and were recently granted a disabled player exception for Nash.
Clark has averaged 28.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in four appearances with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season.