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Nets sign 6'10" Earl Clark to 10-day contract

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Earl Clark, who grew up in New Jersey and has had a journeyman's career in the NBA, the D-League and overseas, has been signed to a 10-day deal, the Nets announced Friday.  Clark, a 6'10" small forward, played most recently in China. He has played for the Suns, Magic, Lakers, Cavaliers, and Knicks and in training camp with the Grizzlies and Rockets, both this season.

He was at Nets shootaround Friday morning so he is likely to be available vs. the Cavaliers. Thaddeus Young is out and doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Lakers.

"I'm just thankful for the opportunity. I've been waiting for it and I'm blessed," he told writers at shootaround. "I think I can help this team defensively, with the skill fours that’s causing trouble in the league right now, and just going out here, young legs, just playing hard,"

He had his best year --and his best stretch of games-- with the Lakers two years ago. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 59 games, 36 of them starts. Over one stretch, with most of L.A.'s big men down, Clark had three double-doubles over six games. Here's some highlights...

For his NBA career, Clark has averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds, playing an average of 14 minutes per game in 251 games, 54 of them starts. He has also appeared in 13 playoff games (one start) with the Suns, Magic and Lakers, posting career playoff averages of 3.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.

Playing for the Shandong Flaming Bulls in China this season, the former Rahway H.S. star averaged 26.7 points, 10 rebounds in 19 games. He shot better than 44 percent both overall and from deep. Earlier this year, after being cut by the Grizzlies and Rockets, he played for the Rio Grande Vipers in the D-League where he put up similar numbers -- 26.2 points and 8 rebounds in six games. He bought out his D-League contract so he could play in China.

He is 27 years old and starred at Louisville. He was taken 14th overall in the 2009 Draft. He brings the Nets roster to 15, but both Mirza Teletovic and Sergey Karasev are out for the season.

When asked why he's played for so many teams, Clark gave a long and a bit rambling answer, as reported by Devin Kharpertian.

"It’s just been tough for me," Clark said. "Some people come in the NBA, they’re a lottery pick, they get the opportunities and things go their way. Some players, they got different paths. You know, they get on (a team with) a lot of All-Star veterans, not a young team where you get to play a lot, opportunity don’t come, then you don’t have a resume, you get traded. So now they don’t know what you do. So it’s just about the business, you know. I can go on and on. But I know when I did get my opportunities to play, I showed what I can do, and that I deserve to be here."