Although Earl Clark originally informed the Orlando Magic that he would decline his player option for the upcoming season, the 6-foot-10 forward changed his mind and exercised the option.
The paperwork necessary for Clark to opt in was filed Friday before his deadline, said Clark's agent, Happy Walters. The move ensured that Clark will remain under contract for the next 12 months and will receive a salary of $1.24 million.
Clark, 24, played sparingly in his two seasons with the Magic, but he believes he will have an opportunity to play more now.
The Magic have plenty of players who can man the power forward spot: veteran Glen Davis, second-year player Justin Harper and Clark. The team also owns the draft rights to first-round pick Andrew Nicholson from St. Bonaventure and second-round draft pickKyle O'Quinn from Norfolk State.
Ryan Anderson, last year's starter, is a restricted free agent. The Magic have the right to match any offer sheet Anderson signs with another team.
Clark's decision to opt in also could be a smart financial choice. The minimum NBA salary for a player with three seasons of service time, as Clark has, is $885,120. It's unclear if Clark could have received more than that figure on the free-agent market.
HoopsWorld first reported that Clark had changed his mind and opted in to his contract's final year.