The Nets and Clippers are apparently still fighting over the soul --and ample body-- of Glen "Big Baby" Davis, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The Nets hope to sign a 14th man by end of the weekend, league sources tell NetsDaily.
Clippers and Nets still battling for Big Baby Davis, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 22, 2014
Woj's tweet would seem to indicate others soliciting his services are out of it. Various reports suggested that both the Bulls and Warriors, who the Nets play Saturday night, are interested in him.
One of the Nets big weapons in the battle is Kevin Garnett, who Paul Pierce said is pushing "Big Baby" to join his ex-Boston teammates in Brooklyn.
Paul Pierce said Kevin Garnett has been recruiting Glen "Big Baby" Davis hard. Pierce himself hasn't reached out to Davis yet. #Nets— Rod Boone (@rodboone) February 22, 2014
KG himself was keeping the details of his discussions with Davis private. However, when Lenn Robbins, the Nets in-house beat writer, asked if KG had sent Davis flowers, the discussion ended.
Our interview with Garnett dissolved with him declaring Baby was not his [expletive] valentine.— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) February 22, 2014
When told Doc Rivers is also recruiting the 6'9" forward, KG cracked...
"I guess Baby's a hot commodity," Kevin Garnett said.— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) February 22, 2014
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders tweets KG's personal call had an effect on Davis, although on exiting Orlando he reportedly told teammates he was headed to L.A.
Word is KG called Baby personally and asked him to join them in Brooklyn... that meant a lot to Glen after getting dumped in Orlando.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) February 22, 2014
Marc Stein says that even though Davis won't officially be a free agent until Monday, he's expected to give a verbal commitment before then.
Teams involved expect Big Baby to pick his team via verbal commitment before weekend is out (and before he's actually a free agent Monday)— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 22, 2014
One reason the Nets would like to get it done soon is that no matter who is signed --Davis, Jason Collins or someone else-- the Nets have two days off Monday and Tuesday before playing Portland on Wednesday. That would give the new player some time to get integrated into the Nets offensive and defensive systems. No doubt, that's also appealing to the players being considered. The Nets will fly out of Oakland late Saturday for Sunday's evening game vs. the Lakers, rest on Monday, then fly Tuesday to Portland.
- KG ponders 'Big Baby,' Collins possibilities - Ethan Sherwood - ESPN New York
- Kevin Garnett trying to help deliver Glen 'Big Baby' Davis - Rod Boone - Newsday
Garnett pitches Brooklyn to Glen Davis - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Kevin Garnett supports the idea of Nets adding Davis or Collins - Matt Moore - CBS Sports