Free agent forward Earl Clark is in San Antonio to work out for the Spurs this week, a source tells Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. He’ll join Hakim Warrick and Julyan Stone, both of whom have reportedly been set to audition for the defending champs.
There hasn’t been much chatter surrounding Clark this offseason, and he said in late July that while he’d heard from a few times, it seemed as though his free agency was “going in slow motion.” Clark has been out of the NBA since the second of back-to-back 10-day deals with the Knicks expired in March during a comedown season for the 14th overall pick from 2009. Agent Kevin Bradbury helped him snag a two-year, $8.5MM deal with the Cavs last summer, but Clark failed to duplicate a hot stretch he enjoyed with the Lakers the year before, prompting Cleveland to trade him to the Sixers. Philadelphia waived him the next day, eating the remaining guaranteed salary on his contract.
San Antonio has also cast its eyes toward Ray Allen and Gustavo Ayon of late, even as the team continues to pursue a new deal with Aron Baynes, a restricted free agent. The Spurs already have 14 fully guaranteed pacts and three that include partial guarantees, as our roster counts show, so space is getting tight, and Clark would have to beat out a wide array of competition to make it to opening night with the team.