The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t wasting time keeping players they know won’t be back next season. They waived recently acquired forward Earl Clark in a cost-cutting move. More buyouts are expected to be announced shortly.
Clark is in the final year of his contract and the Sixers had plans on letting the journeyman go. He’ll probably get a few offers from contenders with cap space such as the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Sixers were lured by Clark’s expiring contract. They acquired him, seldom-used center Henry Sims and a 2014 second round draft pick in a trade for starting center Spencer Hawes. The move will free cap space for the Sixers who are looking towards rebuilding for next season.
Clark’s numbers fell this season after signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer. He had a career season coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers last year. He averages 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 45 games for the Cavaliers this season.
Clark played in only two games this month averaging three points and three rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-10 forward from Louisville has played for a new team every season. He also previously played for the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. Clark even had a brief stint with the Zhejiang Lions of the CBA before being waived shortly after for failing to show up.
The Sixers wouldn’t have benefited with having Clark in the lineup. They also sat their other players acquired on the trade deadline, including former NBA All-Star forward Danny Granger.