The Lakers would have liked to bring back Clark, but with their massive luxury tax looming for the upcoming season, the team wasn't going to spend that kind of money to keep him.
Clark probably will get an opportunity to play both forward positions for former Lakers coach Mike Brown.
The free-agency period began July 1. Verbal agreements are permitted but players' contracts cannot be signed until the league's annual moratorium expires July 10.
After the 2013-14 season, the Lakers stand to have significant cap room over the summer of 2014. The team is not expected to take on any contracts longer than one year, unless the player coming in is high impact.
According to veteran reporter David Aldridge, the Cavaliers have a team option on Clark's 2014-15 salary -- which suggests the issue wasn't 2014 but his initial salary for the coming season.
Clark will make over $4 million. That amount, with the luxury tax, would cost the Lakers roughly $16-24 million.
There's no question he's a bright young player -- but he's not worth anywhere close to $16 million.
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