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AP Source: Cavs, Earl Clark agree to 2-year deal

Thursday - 7/4/2013, 11:04pm  ET

FILE - In this March 8, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Earl Clark (6) saves the ball that was heading out of bounds as Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry defends during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent forward Clark. Clark met for two days with the Cavs earlier this week. The deal is worth $9 million, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because NBA teams can't announce free-agent signings until July 10. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers have landed one of the Lakers' front-line free agents. No, not that guy.

Cleveland has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Earl Clark, who played alongside Dwight Howard last season in Los Angeles.

Clark, who spent two days visiting with the Cavs earlier this week, is getting a deal worth $9 million, said the person, who spoke to the Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because NBA teams can't officially sign players until the free agent period ends on July 10.

The second year of the deal is a team option, the person said.

The Sporting News first reported Clark's deal.

The 6-foot-10 Clark set career highs in scoring (7.3), rebounds (5.5) and minutes (23.1) in 36 starts last season. Before joining the Lakers, Clark played for Orlando and Phoenix. He made $1.2 million last season.

With Tristan Thompson and No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett playing power forward, the Cavs needed an experienced small forward and believe Clark can compete for that starting role, along with Alonzo Gee, C.J. Miles, and Sergey Karasev, taken last week with the No. 19 overall pick.

In Cleveland, Clark will be reunited with coach Mike Brown. The two were together in Los Angeles last season before Brown was fired after just five games. Clark has also worked with Cavs assistant coach Igor Kokoskov, who was previously with Phoenix.

Clark, 25, was drafted in the first round (No. 14 overall) by the Suns in 2009 after playing at Louisville.


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