Nov 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Earl Clark (6) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Cavaliers 94-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Portland Trail Blazers Pursue Earl Clark?


Freshly traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Earl Clark has been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers. The 6’10” forward has continuously bounced around the league since being drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2009. At over $4 million per year for two years on his current contract, it may not be worth it for Portland to pursue him on the waiver wire. However; if he clears waivers, he can be signed at an agreed upon price like any free agent.

It might be a good idea for the Portland Trail Blazers to give him a look if nobody claims him in 48 hours. With Joel Freeland set to miss 4-8 weeks with an MCL sprain, and Meyers Leonard sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a sprained ankle, The Trail Blazers could use a cheap, able-bodied big man. Clark filled in very respectably for Pau Gasol last season when the Lakers power forward struggled with plantar fasciitis.

Unfortunately, all 15 Trail Blazers have guaranteed contracts this year. They would have to convince someone like Will Barton to agree to a buyout, which I don’t see happening. The Trail Blazers were completely inactive at the NBA trade deadline, and are not anticipated to make any sudden moves. It’s a situation worth monitoring, regardless, as Earl Clark has potential to contribute off the bench right away wherever he lands.



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