Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Earl Clark (6) handles the ball against San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Earl Clark, “I want to be a Laker”

“I want to be a Laker,” Earl Clark said Monday. “I had a lot of fun this season. It’s the first season I got an opportunity to play and just show people, the world, what I can do. I hope everything works out and I come back. I definitely don’t want to leave here being on one of the worst Laker teams in history. I don’t want to be a part of that.”

The 25-year-old enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent and even stated he would go as far as taking less money, fewer years to remain in LA.

Clark averaged 9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a starter for the injury-riddled Lakers early in the season, and maintained solid production in limited minutes off the bench.

He has all the tools to eventually replace Metta World Peace as a starter on the wing and boasts a higher ceiling than we initially thought, evident from his 10.3 PPG and 8.4 REB averages in January.

His youth and attitude will certainly be welcome in LA.

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  • Rigged4fun

    Earl needs some work on his strength, his post up game, and finishing in the lane. The question remains whether the Lakers will keep him. If they do will they send him out to pasture as a 3pt shooter on the wing?

    • http://twitter.com/danielnicks8 Daniel Nicks

      Clark actually shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc prior to the all-star break and as high as 55 percent in January.

      He was actually compared to Marvin Williams coming out of Louisville, so the perimeter shot is there.

      You’re absolutely right though, he’s 6’10 – he needs to polish his game
      within 15 feet.