Lakers working on one year deal for Earl Clark to ease injury crisis

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With the Los Angeles Lakers roster continuing to be decimated by injury the famous franchise have today moved to add an extra body to their number, reports revealed today.

According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski the Lakers are in discussions with one of their former players about a short-term deal as they look to bolster their squad following the news this week that Xavier Henry became the latest player to be ruled our for the season.

Familiar face

With news today that the Lakers have received a $4.85 million exception on the contract of Steve Nash it looks like the franchise is moving quick to make use of the allowance by bringing in a familiar face.

Clark played 59 games for the Lakers during the 2012-13 regular season, helping the team to the 2014 NBA playoffs while averaging a career high 7.3 points during his 23.1 minutes on the hardwood.

The former first round pick has struggled to find a regular team since then however, spending time at the Cleveland Cavaliers and more recently the New York Knicks in over the past couple of seasons.

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After failing to earn a new deal at Madison Square Garden, Clark has been performing well for the Houston Rockets' D-League affiliates the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season - averaging 29 points - and wouldn't be coming into the system cold.

Filling the gaps

With rookie Julius Randle and veteran Steve Nash already out for the season and forward Ryan Kelly also on the treatment until the new year the Lakers are desperately trying to plug the gaps.

They were always likely to struggle on the court this campaign but injuries and unfamiliarity certainly haven't helped the situation.

Bringing in someone familiar to the organization such as Earl Clark seems then a fairly sensible move and the franchise's officials are reportedly hoping to have the contract signed in the next couple of days.

Should Clark sign this would put the Lakers roster up to 16 members (an acceptable number after the league granted a disabled player exception).

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