Injury crisis at Lakers could see a veteran Earl Clark return

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Los Angeles Lakers are looking to bring in a Lakers veteran to lift their game after they lost a third player to a season-ending injury earlier this week.

Earl Clark could return to his former team on a one-year deal as emergency cover for the injury-ravaged Lakers, according to

Injury trouble

Xavier Henry suffered a painful Achilles problem this week and is unlikely to return to action until next season. Henry joined Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg) on the sidelines for the rest of the season. Ryan Kelly is also out injured with a torn hamstring but is hopeful of making a comeback in the new year.

Unfortunately, the story is much bleaker on the court as the Lakers have struggled to get up to speed this year, sitting bottom of the Pacific division with a 3-12 season record. The West-coast side were handed their 12th defeat of the season on Wednesday night after they fell 99-93 to the Memphis Grizzlies.


Clark, 26, is a pro-league journeyman after having played for seven different NBA teams in the past six years. The power forward spent the 2012-13 season at the Lakers, playing 59 times and enjoyed his most successful season, scoring 429 points with a .440 field-goal percentage.

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This season Clark has found himself averaging nearly 29 points per game for Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League.

Roster extension

According to, LA Lakers have applied for a hardship extension from league officials which would enable coach Bryon Scott to add a 16th player to his roster, one more than the regular-season maximum.

However, it is believed once Kelly returns from his hamstring tear the Lakers will have to cut their roster back down to 15, meaning Clark will only be handed a short term offer.

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