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Earl Clark bolts Lakers to join Cavs

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Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Earl Clark signed a  two-year deal worth $9 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

The second year of the contract holds a team option. Clark will be joining a young Cavaliers core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and this year’s NBA draft No.1 pick Anthony Bennett.

Clark was acquired last offseason by the Lakers through a four-team trade that landed him with fellow teammates Dwight Howard and Chris Duhon in Los Angeles.

In the 2012-2013 season, Clark in 59 games posted career highs in points (7.3) and rebounds (5.5) per game. He also filled in as a starter when the injury bug hit both Howard and Pau Gasol.

Clark is versatile player who can play both forward positions and has decent length which will allow him to guard some small forwards.

Cleveland entered the free agency period with more than $22 million in cap space and it is anticipated that they will be active in courting free agents and exploring the trade market for more talent this offseason. 

The Lakers are expected to continue to wait for Howard’s decision before they make any roster changes.

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