CLEVELAND – It seems fitting that on the fourth of July that the Cleveland Cavaliers would make some noise of their own in free agency.
According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, the Cavaliers and free-agent forward, Earl Clark have agreed on a two-year deal worth $9 million, with a team option for a second year.
Clark, a four-year veteran from Louisville and former 2009 first round pick of the Phoenix Suns, averaged career highs in points (7.3), rebounds (5.5) in 63 total games (four in the post-season) and 23.1 minutes during the 2013-13 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, will provide depth on the Cleveland bench behind power forwards Tristan Thompson and recently drafted top overall pick Anthony Bennett.
With an ability to shoot from outside, as he would shoot 44.0 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from long-range, it appears the signing of Clark is a sign that Cavs head coach Mike Brown plans to utilize a “stretch four/flex three” player on offense, to help take some of the scoring load off of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
What role Clark will play in Cleveland remains to be seen, but at 6’10 with an ability to defend, grab loose balls and hustle, expect for Clark to get some minutes with the second unit, depending on the matchup and opponent in a Trevor Ariza-like role.
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