Glen Davis has officially been bought out by the Orlando Magic, which makes him an unrestricted free agent. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Clippers are expected to pursue Davis hard, but the Nets are also interested. Davis has ties to both clubs: he played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers and is former teammates of Nets' players Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. All three of the aforementioned men won the 2008 championship with Davis in Boston.
Clearly, Garnett and Davis have kept in touch because Woj reports that KG is expected to recruit "Big Baby" hard to play for Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is pursuing Davis hard too, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Kevin Garnett is working to help recruit his ex-Celtics teammate.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2014
The Nets could use another big man to fill out the rotation and Davis can be that man. Davis is 6'9" and spreads the floor well. He can compliment Garnett on the floor while still being considered a "small" team. Davis, though, doesn't present a rebound presence that the Nets seem to lack. Davis is averaging six rebounds per game this season in 45 games this season for the Orlando Magic.
But the Nets are not alone. David Aldridge reports the Bulls like Davis, noting Tom Thibodeau was on the Celtic coaching staff when Davis won a ring in 2008.
Add Bulls to list of teams interested in Glen Davis, per sources. Davis had a good relationship w/Tom Thibodeau when Thibs ran C's defense.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 22, 2014
And Sam Amick says the Warriors have put in a bid as well.
Warriors interested in Glen Davis, I'm told, but not confident about getting him. Nets & Clips seen as leaders, & @daldridgetnt added Bulls.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 22, 2014
Rivers, writes Broderick Turner in the L.A. Times, is expected to use a number of pitches to woo Davis, including the disparity between the Clippers record (37-20) and the Nets (25-27).
- Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has his eyes on Glen 'Big Baby' Davis - Broderick Turner - Los Angeles Times