New York Knicks Rumors: Team Interested In Earl Clark
The 26-year-old New Jersey native last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, until he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Spencer Hawes. The 76ers had immediately released him after the trade deadline deal to open up cap space for the 2014-15 season.
The Knicks appear to have interest in obtaining the forward after parting ways with Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace on Monday. New York is now actively searching for players that can play a defensive role while Kenyon Martin is out indefinitely with a sore ankle and Iman Shumpert will miss the next two weeks with a sprained left knee.
Clark has a similar, but slimmer physique compared to Knicks forward Jeremy Tyler. Unlike Tyler, Clark has displayed great versatility as a good low post and perimeter defender during his run with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. There, Clark averaged a career best of 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.
The Knicks are ranked 26th in the league for defensive rating based on the amount of points allowed per 100 possessions. Despite the atrocious defense of the Knicks’ backcourt this season, acquiring the 6-foot-10 Clark will help strengthen New York’s struggling defense with added length and athleticism.
Clark was born in nearby Plainfield, NJ and was selected to the McDonald’s All-American team in 2006 while attending Rahway High School in Rahway, NJ. He was also instrumental in capturing the 2009 Big East Title as a member of the Louisville Cardinals. The five-year NBA veteran has a career average of 4.5 points, 3.1 rebounds in 14.3 minutes.