October 23, 2014

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Cavs: Clark still on team’s radar, no deal yet

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers and free agent power forward Earl Clark continued their mutual courtship Tuesday.

Clark met with team officials and worked out at Cleveland Clinic Courts, but did not reach a contractual agreement, according to The Associated Press and Sporting News.

Earl Clark

The 6-foot-10, 225-pounder, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, is scheduled to resume discussions with Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant and assistant general manager David Griffin today. Clark’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, also is part of the process.

Clark is entering his fifth NBA season and owns career shooting percentages of .414 from the field and .676 from the foul line. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 59 games with the Lakers — also making 35-of-104 3-pointers — in 2012-2013.

In addition to Clark’s relationship with Cleveland coach Mike Brown, who began last season as the Lakers’ coach, he has links with two other members of the organization.

Griffin worked in the Suns’ front office when they selected Clark with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, while Cavaliers assistant coach Igor Kokoskov was on Phoenix’s coaching staff during his rookie season.

Regardless of how the negotiations with Clark turn out, Cleveland is expected to make a push for one higher-profile post player.

The Cavaliers’ braintrust is known to be fond of Jazz center Al Jefferson (unrestricted free agent) and Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (restricted free agent), but those players’ market values won’t be determined until Lakers center Dwight Howard (unrestricted free agent) picks his destination.

Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala (unrestricted free agent), who would be a perfect fit in Cleveland, also is playing the waiting game as the third-most sought after FA behind Howard and Clippers point guard Chris Paul.

Iguodala is seeking a maximum-level contract, but would have to accept less money to play for the Cavaliers, who will not spend to the salary cap this offseason. Cleveland must maintain at least $15 million in room in order to have the ability to add an elite free agent in July 2014 — perhaps Heat small forward and Akron native LeBron James.

The Cavaliers did have interest in Pacers power forward David West and Nets point guard C.J. Watson, but both have reached agreements to sign with Indiana.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.