Pelicans sign Clark for backcourt boost

Ian Clark should offer versatile outside shooting to the Pelicans.
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Free agent guard Ian Clark has agreed to a one-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report from The Vertical.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.6 million.

Clark is 6-foot-3 and considered primarily a shooting guard, though he can run the point in a pinch. He joins a Pelicans backcourt that includes Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore, newcomer Rajon Rondo and rookie Frank Jackson.

Clark, 26, was a reserve guard for the defending champion Golden State Warriors last season — when he averaged 6.8 points and shot a career-high 37 percent on 3-pointers.

Per The Vertical: “Clark received strong interest from several teams on the market, but he should have an ideal role alongside a pass-first guard in Rondo and two of the league’s best big men in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.”

Clark also drew interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and others. He has also played for the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.