Lakers Rumors: Adding Earl Clark Would Be Smart for Depleted LA

Injuries and an overall lack of depth have turned the Los Angeles Lakers into one of the NBA's worst teams, and while the playoffs already appear to be a long shot, the addition of Earl Clark would help bring some more consistency to a squad that has been very difficult to watch through 15 games.

At 3-12, the Lakers really can't have much else go wrong. Steve Nash is done for the year. Julius Randle is as well. Xavier Henry's ruptured Achilles will keep him out for the year. Carlos Boozer is dealing with a banged-up shoulder. Ryan Kelly's hamstring has been barking, and that should sideline him for at least another month.

This rash of injuries has created an issue in the frontcourt for Los Angeles. Ed Davis and Jordan Hill have played exceptionally well, while Robert Sacre has also performed better than expected. Of course, a little extra help would be appreciated.

The team appears ready to turn to a familiar face in Clark, who played for the team during the 2012-13 season, tweets Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:

Wojnarowski wrote that a deal could come together quickly: "The eventual finalization of a deal could bring Clark back to the Lakers in the next few days, sources said."

The 26-year-old was a bright spot with the Lakers a few years back, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 36 starts.

With the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Clark has posted marks of 28.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 35.8 minutes per game. It's definitely time for him to get back to the NBA.

Clark found himself in the NBA D-League to start the season because of a lack of interest in his services during the summer. During the wait to find a new home, Clark told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders that he has something to prove:

I feel like I’ve shown people over and over [what I can do]. I had to prove myself. I’ve been coached by many different coaches and survi...

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