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Earl Clark signs 1-year deal with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Won’t return if Lockout ends

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Earl Clark of the Eastern Conference contending Orlando Magic has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.  His one-year agreement does not include an out-clause meaning the 6-10 combo-forward won’t return to the league if the current NBA lockout ends this season.

Clark, 21, was selected 14th overall under the then Steve Kerr Phoenix Suns’ regime in the 2009 NBA Draft.  The former Louisville Cardinal has suited up in a total of 93 NBA games in his two-year career while posting averages of 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in just 9.1 minutes of action.

In December of 2010 as a member of the Suns Clark was included in a blockbuster deal that sent Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat to Phoenix for Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu.

Although the versatile forward’s minutes increased after the trade he entered this summer as a free agent with no real guarantee of a deal with the Magic in place for next season.

Clark, who pocketed $1.8M last season, is said to have agreed on a deal with the CBA’s Lions in the “high six figures” according to a report in Yahoo! Sports late Tuesday evening.

With the Magic boasting a plethora of perimeter-oriented power forwards (roster) including their 2011 NBA Draft pick Justin Harper, Clark may have felt that his opportunities would’ve once again been limited if he were to sign back with the team.

In China he will have the opportunity to play significant and meaningful minutes under the watchful eye of NBA coaching veteran Jim Cleamons, formerly of Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers fame.

Cleamons is the current Head Coach of the Zhejiang Lions finishing the 2010-11 season with a 18-14 record.

Source: Yahoo! Sports

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