The Brooklyn Nets have added a player to take up their final roster spot in the season’s final stretch, agreeing to terms with 27-year-old forward Earl Clark on a 10-day contract.
The Nets have potentially bolstered their bench for the seasons final playoff push by signing 6’10” forward Earl Clark. Clark, 27, has bounced around in the NBA, playing for five different teams in his five year career. His career averages include 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Clark’s last significant time came with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2012-2013 season, where he played in a career-high 59 games, starting 36 of them and averaging 7.3 points per game. Clark split the following season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks, before bolting for China and playing for the Shandong Lions, where he averaged 26.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
Obviously the competition is inferior in China, but these numbers prove Clark is still willing and capable to give his best effort on the court. In Brooklyn, this will probably only translate to a few minutes a night, but Clark will look to make the most of these minutes, hoping to segway his play into an NBA contract next season.
The Nets have waited until now to fill their final roster spot, with fellow Chinese league player Andray Blatche a hot candidate to fill the position. Brooklyn finally decided on Clark, and while his impact won’t be great, depth never hurts this late in a season. Clark also provides good size and rebounding at the small forward position, and could potentially replace some of Thaddeus Young’s minutes if he doesn’t enjoy a speedy recovery.
Earl Clark may very well only be a Brooklyn Net for 10 or 20 days, but hopefully the depth and flexibility he provides will aid the Nets in their playoff push. With 12 games to play, the Nets need all the help they can get.