UPDATE: July 4, 3:30 p.m. ET | Earl Clark has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Los Angeles Lakers now wait for Dwight Howard's decision after meetings with his five potential destinations have concluded, but there's still the matter of the rest of the roster to tweak this Summer. Here's a roundup of the latest buzz regarding the Lakers free agency period.
Earl Clark is joining the Cavaliers
Earl Clark has agreed to join the Cavaliers. Cleveland offered a two-year, $9 million deal to the free agent forward. - Update
The Lakers surprise last season may have been Earl Clark becoming a productive player under Mike D'Antoni. After injuries reduced D'Antoni to giving the "throw-in" from the Howard trade minutes he made the most of the opportunity and earned himself a place in the Lakers' rotation.
Clark has met with the Cleveland Cavaliers twice and the sides are said to have "mutual interest". The Los Angeles Clippers are also reported to be interested in adding Clark to their forward rotation. The Lakers are unlikely to offer a multi-year deal to Clark as they prepare for future free agency classes.
While Clark has not been offered a contract yet, the more teams that express interest to the forward, the higher his market value becomes.
Antawn Jamison unlikely to return
Clark's future with the team is uncertain and another piece of the Lakers' forward rotation looks to be on the way out. Antawn Jamison is not expected to return, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
There has been no indication that the Lakers have reached out to Jamison, who skipped his exit interview to undergo wrist surgery. The cast on Jamison's wrist has been removed and he is expected to be ready to play in a month, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Mandatory Dwight update
Since Howard's meetings have come to an end very little noise been made. Howard retreated to Aspen ala Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne to consider his options. He could announce his decision as soon as Friday, July 5, according to a few reports that have floated across the internet, but there are no confirmations from Howard's camp.
Perhaps the biggest piece of information that has been released since his Colorado getaway are the quotes that Kobe Bryant dropped, as told to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports by witnesses at the meeting. Bryant reiterated his point that he can teach Howard how to become a champion but he has to listen, learn and adjust the approach so it works for him.
The Houston Rockets quickly went to finding an answer to Howard's inquiry about adding another "max" player to Houston's roster and are exploring sign-and-trade options for Atlanta Hawk's forward Josh Smith, Howard's longtime friend and AAU teammate, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
Other free agency buzz
The Lakers have been linked to free agent big man Kenyon Martin. Martin was a late entry in the 2012-2013 season after the New York Knicks picked him up for additional frontcourt depth. The Brooklyn Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Knicks and Clippers are also reported to be interested in the veteran.
Chris Copeland reportedly received an "exploratory offer" from the Lakers. No details have emerged regarding the "offer", and no reports of other suitors meeting with Copeland have surfaced.
Matt Barnes, who's name came up in a report tied to the Lakers, began taking meetings with teams on Wednesday. The Clippers are interested in bringing him back but may not have the financial flexibility to do so. The Minnesota Timberwolves are another team that has expressed interest in Barnes
Speaking of Minnesota, they have come to a verbal agreement with Chase Budinger, one of the players that the Lakers front office made a call to once free agency began. He has a greed to a three-year, $16 million deal.
Players linked to Lakers: Chris Copeland, Wayne Ellington, Byron Mullens, Nick Young, Carlos Delfino, Francisco Garcia, Matt Barnes, Kenyon Martin