Cavs Sign Free Agent Earl Clark

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers and free agent forward Earl Clark have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Though the team cannot comment nor confirm such a signing until July 10, a league source confirmed the deal.

Clark would be the first free agent to come to terms with the team this off season. The deal, for $9 million with a team option in the second year, was first reported by the Sporting News.

Clark will be able to sign the deal officially on July 10, which is the conclusion of the free agent negotiation period.

Head coach Mike Brown is familiar with Clark, having coached him briefly in
Los Angeles.

Clark started 36 of the 59 games he played for the Lakers last season. His scoring average of 7.3 ppg was a career high.

At 6’10”, he can give the Cavs somewhat of an outside presence as he attempted 104 three pointers last season. He could see time on the court at power forward, but with Tristan Thompson and first round pick Anthony Bennett available to play power forward, Clark will be in the mix to start at small forward. Due to his quickness and long arms, he will be a strong defender in Mike Brown’s system.

Since being drafted by the Suns in 2009, he has been with several teams. The Cavs are the 4th team in his 5 year career.

Having made $1.2 million last season, the 25-year-old got himself a very nice raise.

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