The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly added yet another young forward to the roster, this time signing free-agent big man Earl Clark.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Cavaliers and the 25-year-old forward have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $9 million:
Source tells Sporting News that Lakers F Earl Clark has signed a 2 yr deal w the Cavaliers for $9 million— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) July 4, 2013
Dave Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the second year of the contract will be a team option.
Earl Clark deal with Cleveland has team option for second year, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2013
Cleveland would be the fourth team Clark has played for since being drafted at No. 14 overall in 2009 by the Phoenix Suns. Clark has also played for the Orlando Magic and was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
Despite middling results early on in his career, Clark showed some upside last season. He set career highs with 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He started 36 games last season as the Lakers struggled to keep up with injuries to Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
Of course, the Cavaliers have already made a point of adding talented power forwards. The team selected UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett with the first selection in the recent NBA draft and already have former No. 4 selection Tristan Thompson on the roster.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Cavaliers expect that the 6'10", 225-pound Clark will play some minutes at the small forward position.
With Tristan Thompson & No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, Cavs see Earl Clark getting minutes at small forward.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 4, 2013
Clark shot 44 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc last season.
Clark is the first free-agent signing for the Cavaliers this offseason. According to HoopsHype, Cleveland has the third-most cap space available this offseason with just $30.3 million in salaries committed for next season.