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NBA Free Agents 2012: Earl Clark Declines Orlando Magic Option

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Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Earl Clark declined his player option on Thursday, reports Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD, citing sources. As a result of this decision, Clark will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, 2012.

Orlando Pinstriped Post first reported Friday that Clark was leaning toward becoming a free agent.

Clark averaged 2.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks for the Orlando Magic in 2011/12, but shot just 36.7 percent from the field. Taking on an increased role due to the absence of Dwight Howard, Clark's productively increased sharply in the postseason, averaging four points, 6.6 rebounds, and one block in Orlando's five-game loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The Magic acquired Clark in December 2010 from the Phoenix Suns. The Suns declined the third- and fourth-year options on the Louisville product's contract, making the former 14th overall Draft pick an unrestricted free agent in 2011. He re-signed with the club for two years and $2.4 million, with a player option on the second season, which option he has declined.

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