By Kevin R. Linares.
The Los Angeles Lakers have lost their athletic forward in Earl Clark. Clark has agreed to a two year deal worth about $9 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the second year being a team option. There were reports that the Los Angeles Clippers were also interested in Clark and the Lakers also interested in bringing the small forward back but under their terms.
Clark was acquired by the Lakers from the Orlando Magic in the trade that brought the now free agent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles. Although Clark was just a throw in for the trade he was a bright spot for the Lakers in what seemed to be a catastrophic season. In a roster full of veterans and lacking youth, Clark provided youth and athleticism playing minutes because of the injuries the Lakers suffered throughout the season. He played one of his best games earlier in the season against the San Antonio Spurs scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
The Lakers were interested in bringing Clark back but playing the way he played this past season teams had gained interest in him. With the Lakers’ luxury tax they could not offer Clark the kind of money a team like Cleveland did. Last season Clark averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds. He will be joining a very young and athletic Cavalier team that includes Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and the number 1 overall pick of this years draft Anthony Bennett.