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Nets sign Earl Clark to two-year deal

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The Nets have agreed to sign Earl Clark to a two-year contract, encompassing the rest of this year with a team option for next season. Clark will be eligible for the playoffs if the Nets make it.  Although no details have been released, the deal will be for the vets minimum, with the second year non-guaranteed, a league source told NetsDaily.

The deal was first reported by Shams Charania of RealGM.

The Brooklyn Nets and Earl Clark have agreed upon a two-year deal with a team option for the 15-16 season, a league source tells RealGM.

Clark signed a 10-day contract with the Nets following the end of his season in China.

Clark, 27, has played in five games, averaged 4.4 points a game in 12.2 minutes, shooting 34.6 percent overall and 25 percent from three. He's also averaged 3.4 rebounds. His best game was the Hawks blowout of the Nets Saturday night. The 6'10" forward scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from deep, and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes. He was originally signed as insurance after Thaddeus Young went down with a knee sprain. Now, with Alan Anderson troubled by an ankle sprain, he's likely to get some of his minutes.

“We needed another forward, a bigger forward, a more experienced forward,” Lionel Hollins said. “He can shoot the ball, although lately he hasn’t been. But I know his history is that he can shoot it. I think it surprised me since he’s been here is his ability to rebound.”

In an interview with Lenn Robbins at Monday's morning shootaround, Clark said he's happy to have another chance and said he hoped to leave his mark on the defensive end. It was a big nerve-racking waiting for the call, though.

"I’m at the hotel like, ‘Man, maybe they’re going to send me my flight information (to send me home),’" Clark said. "I knew it was Easter too and everybody’s with their family, it was a family day. So I just tried to be patient. My agent called me and told me the positive news."

The Nets had until Monday afternoon to renew his 10-day contract for another 10 days, which effectively would have been for the remainder of the season.  The team option is non-guaranteed.  That makes Clark's contract ideal as trade ballast in larger deals. It can be traded for full value but the receiving team could waive him and save money if they wished. As a six-year veteran, Clark would make $1.2 million next season.

The Nets have two players with partial contract guarantees next season. Both Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson have partial deals.