Per Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post, Earl Clark is “leaning toward” declining his player option.
Orlando Magic forward Earl Clark is “leaning” toward declining the player option on his contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent, Clark’s agent, Happy Walters, told Orlando Pinstriped Post on Friday. Clark has until June 29th to notify the Magic of his decision. Walters said the team’s lack of a head coach after dismissing Stan Van Gundy on May 21st may play a role in Clark’s decision.
Clark, who was acquired from the Phoenix Suns in December of 2010, signed a two-year deal worth $2.4 million last season. Clark averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and showed some real promise on the defensive end. However, Clark was, for the most part, awful on offense.
Clark was the 14th overall pick of 2009 NBA Draft.
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