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That’s not to say much of the homework hasn’t already been done by players. Though Davis declined to specify where beyond the Celtics he might be looking, two league sources confirmed that his camp targeted New Jersey, Orlando, Denver, Atlanta, Detroit and possibly New Orleans.
Davis, a native of Baton Rouge, La., and product of LSU, would be returning home with the Hornets, who stand to lose David West to free agency. New Jersey could be losing Kris Humphies. Denver has lost Kenyon Martin for the season to a Chinese contract. Atlanta, like the Nets, has been high on Davis in the past. They could, in addition to their ongoing attempt to deal Josh Smith, be cutting Marvin Williams loose under the CBA’s new amnesty clause.
Orlando has never found a power forward complement for Dwight Howard, and is expected to lower its tax burden with the amnesty release of Gilbert Arenas. Detroit had heavy interest in Davis three summers ago when he was a restricted free agent, but Celtics president Danny Ainge and Pistons general manager Joe Dumars were never able to agree on a sign-and-trade deal.
The Celtics still have that option, with Davis quite possibly their best trade asset. Considering his opening demand is expected to be somewhere north of the $5 million mid-level exception — perhaps as much as $6 million in the first year — that may be a likely scenario.
For all his faults, Glen Davis is a very attractive free-agent. He’s a 25-year old power forward with extensive playoff experience. He’s not afraid to mix it up down low or roam the perimeter. And let’s not forget his uncanny ability and willingness to take charges.
Davis speaks highly of the Celtics and Doc Rivers in the Herald article. I believe him when he says his first choice is to stay with the Celtics. But I’m not sure he’s the Celtics first choice. Sean Devaney of the Sporting News:
From what I’m told, the Celts are happy about the whole sign-and-trade issue for tax teams, because that’s the plan with Big Baby Davis …
It’s impossible to support the sign-and-trade of Glen Davis until you know the trade portion of the equation. I want the Celtics to re-sign Davis, but he’s not irreplaceable.
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