An unexpected move, but now it is final.
Today the Los Angeles Clippers bolstered their roster in their biggest area of weakness. After unloading the few million dollars of Byron Mullens (to Philly) and Antawn Jamison (to Atlanta) at the trade deadline, they have signed Glen Davis.
Better known as “Big Baby” Davis, the 28-year old will wear #12 for his third NBA team and be the first big off the bench for the West’s 4th ranked team. The Clippers have split their last 10 and with Ryan Hollins serving as the primary backup big, obviously needed to add someone to the mix.
Davis is averaging 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds this year in 45 games, but after staying put at the trading deadline, the Magic and he mutually agreed to a buyout making the versatile forward a free agent and clearing his $6 million dollar salary off the rebuilding Magic books in 2014 as well as his scheduled $6.6 million the following season. His value as a trade chip must have not been to the Magic’s liking, as they opted for the buy out last Friday, the day after the trading deadline.
“Big Baby” played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston from 2007-2011, winning a championship in 2008. With Sasha Vujajic’s contract not renewed by LAC, the newest Clipper is the lone ring holder on the current roster.
The Clippers remain in position to add another player or possibly two from the buyouts and/or overseas seasons concluding after clearing the roster spots at the deadline. Davis brings them to 13 players, 12 active as J.J. Redick continues to nurse a hip injury.