LA Lakers trade rumors suggest an Earl Clark trade could possibly take place before the 2013 NBA trade deadline. He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and his performance this year shows he could command a lot of money. According to a report from Sunday night (Feb. 3), Clark is stating that his first choice for teams is the Lakers. That choice might get taken out of his hands soon.
The reality is that the Lakers aren't going to be able to afford signing Clark if the intent is to lock up Dwight Howard in a long-term contract. The franchise is already going to be paying a high luxury tax due to Kobe Bryant being the highest paid player in the league. In fact, the team is already over the salary cap for next season with about $30.5 million going to Bryant and about $19.3 million going to Pau Gasol.
Since he was placed in the starting lineup, Clark has been playing very well. In his last five games, Clark is averaging 13.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 33.2 minutes per game. He is becoming a force in the middle that many other teams may want to sign and that is why Clark is getting mentioned in LA Lakers trade rumors. If the Lakers can keep winning, they will probably hold on to him, but should the Lakers go on another losing streak before the All-Star break, Earl Clark trade rumors might become a reality.
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