The Cavaliers signed free agent forward Earl Clark to a two-year deal worth $9 million, a league source confirmed. The second season of the contract is a team option.
With Tristan Thompson and top overall pick Anthony Bennett available to play power forward, the Cavs view Clark as a small forward who will likely contend for the starting spot when camp opens in October.
The Cavs viewed upgrading their wings, particularly small forward, a top priority entering free agency. They met with Clark over two days in Cleveland before offering him a deal on Thursday. Clark, 25, received a significant raise after earning $1.2 million with the Lakers last season.
He set career highs in scoring (7.3), shooting (44 percent from the floor) and minutes (23 per game) with the Lakers last season, but the Cavs like his 6-foot-10 frame and the way he defends. He appeared in 59 games (36 starts) for the Lakers last season. The Cavs mark his fourth team in five years in the NBA.