Jan 4, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Reggie Evans (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Earl Clark (6) battle at the net during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Report: New York Knicks trying to sign forward Earl Clark

To be honest, this probably doesn’t qualify as a full-blown #WojBomb, but Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is back to his old tricks, reporting breaking news.

The New York Knicks have been languishing on the defensive end, and in the last couple of days, have parted ways with both Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace to create some roster flexibility. Targeting Earl Clark doesn’t seem like a high-profile move for New York, but the 6-foot-10 forward would provide some badly needed athleticism and length to the struggling New York wing defense, and he’s one of the best available players on the market.

Clark, now 26 years old, signed a 2-year, $9 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to the 2012-2013 season, and he was unceremoniously traded to Philadelphia and the cut after last Thursday’s trade deadline. In 45 games (17 starts) this season, Clark averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds with the Cavs, but he had the best year of his career under Mike D’Antoni in LA last season, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in just over 23 minutes.

This isn’t the splash that many Knicks fans desire, but Clark is a definite upgrade over internal options, making this potential move a small win.

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