The injury bug has gotten to several teams in the early going of this 2014-15 NBA Season, but none have been bitten quite as badly as the Los Angeles Lakers. Losing future Hall of Famer Steve Nash before the season began was a tough draw. However, nothing could have prepared them for what they endured opening night; losing promising rookie Julius Randle for the season due to a broken leg. To make matters even worse, one of the top performers from last year: Xavier Henry, was lost this week to an apparent ruptured achilles. Nick Young and his swag returned to action last week to inspire the Lakers to a BRIEF two-game win streak. Now the Lakers are working out a deal to bring back veteran swing man Earl Clark on a one-year deal per Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports.
Clark, a Plainfield, New Jersey native, had his best year as a pro donning the Purple & Gold back in 20012-13. Filling in for the oft-injured Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, Clark was able to average career highs of 7.3 Points Per Game as well as 5.1 Rebounds in 59 games played. Since then Clark bounced around from Cleveland to New York in 2014, never capitalizing on the momentum built from his lone season in Tinseltown.
Earl Clark has made the most out of his D-League stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Lakers, Earl Clark working on a one-year deal, league sources told Yahoo. He’s averaging nearly 30 points for Houston’s D-League affiliate.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 26, 2014
Numbers such as 28.8 Points Per Game, to go with 7.3 Rebounds Per Game along with valuable NBA experience would be enough to get any player a call up to the big stage. This season hasn’t been kind to Kobe Bryant & Company, but the addition of a proven guy like Earl Clark could be just what the doctor prescribed to salvage what has thus far been a lost season for LA’s team.