Earl Clark out indefinitely with strained left groin

So it was announced Monday by the Lakers before practice opened up to the media. Not much in the way of details were offered beyond the nature of the ailment and the estimated time of absence. Nobody -- including Clark -- is even quite sure how the injury took place.

In a vacuum, with the roster fully intact, the team isn't particularly damaged with Clark sidelined. The forward doesn't project to be a part of the rotation and frankly, I'm not even sure if he has much of a role even on paper. Dude is super-athletic, but also raw like sushi and has struggled to carve out even semi-consistent niches in Phoenix or Orlando. BK and I have both wondered if the Lakers might be willing to eat his cheap contract to make space for Chris Douglas-Roberts, Darius Johnson-Odom, or another player with an non-guaranteed contract who might provide more immediate utility.

However, with Dwight Howard and Jordan Hill sidelined, the Lakers' frontline is currently thin, meaning Clark might be pressed into spot duty, at least in the short run. If he's not able to play, the team might feel compelled to bring in a seasoned (enough) insurance big. Preferably, someone happy to be part of a championship quest, even if it means spending the majority of games in warmups.