The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing their first roster move of the season and are expected to sign free agent Earl Clark, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Lakers' roster issues have gotten worse following Xavier Henry's season-ending Achilles injury, but the team has been granted two disabled player exceptions for both Julius Randle and Steve Nash since they were both ruled out for the year.
The signing is not official yet.
Clark previously played with the Lakers during the '12-13 season, but left Los Angeles to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clark averaged career-highs in his lone year with the Lakers, seeing the most playing time (23.1 minutes per game) of his five-season career. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game through the year.
He's struggled to find a niche in the league since since signing a two-year deal with the Cavaliers worth $8.5 million (second year non-guaranteed), though. Clark was waived by the Cavaliers, then signed with the New York Knicks to finish the season. The Memphis Grizzlies looked at Clark during preseason, but he ultimately was a training camp cut.
Clark is currently playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-league, averaging 29 points per game. The Lakers will likely waive Henry to create space for Clark, which means Henry's time in Los Angeles has come to an end, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Henry will still be paid by the Lakers, however, until he is deemed healthy again.