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Could Big Baby be on way out of Boston?

May 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

Boston Celtics' Davis drives past Miami Heat's Bosh in their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami Reuters

Glen “Big Baby” Davis took some heat for his play at the end of the season. Coach Doc Rivers said that “scoring was too important to him” and that Davis needed to spend the offseason getting back to who he was — a grinder off the bench. Rebounding, defense and toughness.

Glen Davis is also an unrestricted free agent this summer (or after the lockout).

Combine those two things and you may see Davis in a uniform of a color other than green and white next season. Here is the other thing Rivers said Monday, as reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston on twitter.

“If we can get him for the right price. I think it would be nice. But we can’t overpay.”

Boston has some serious rebuilding its future. Not next season (well, they do need to revamp the role players around the core) but down the line. Davis is a nice role player and can work well in Boston — the man is Shrek after all — but spending too much on contracts for role players is how teams get locked into rosters that don’t work. Just ask the Lakers. Davis made $3 million last season.

Still, it’s weird to picture Davis in a uniform that doesn’t say Celtics in block letters across the front. But we may get that picture soon enough.

  1. edmazeing1 - May 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    This man been in the NBA how long? & they still call him big baby it was funny in college but now its just old!!!

  2. saturn1111 - May 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    The older he gets, the funnier the nickname will be, kind of like calling a fat guy ‘tiny’ or a bald guy ‘curly.’

    But why would it be weird to ser him in another uniform? It’s not like he’s Larry Bird. As you suggest, he’s a good role player, not the face of the franchise.

    I say bring Big Baby to Philly. Doug Collins will make better use of him. We need someone to hog the paint.

  3. dirtydavis - May 16, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    The Celtics are done son!!!

    • andyhr17 - May 17, 2011 at 7:52 AM

      The Celtics are done because Big Baby may leave? That’s like saying the Bulls are done if Taj Gibson leaves.

  4. 00maltliquor - May 16, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    *…just ask the Lakers. * ??? Calm yourself Kurt, Lakers were in the finals the last three years and won the last two. And in 7 finals of the last 10 years! What the hell are you talking about ”just ask the Lakers”? Damn, you lose one stinking year and a decade of dominance is completly forgotten with you writters and your goldfish memories!

    • icu84bs - May 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Please stop insulting goldfish ;-)

    • andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      You can’t take a current situation and use past history as the argument. The Lakers are locked into contracts with player, and it’s starting not to work. Has nothing to do with past success.

  5. olsherm - May 16, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    imagine him in the new wizards jersey

  6. andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Glen Davis is made to come off the bench….but this is the NBA and some team will overpay him to be a starter….

  7. Kansachusetts - May 16, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    This was the season when Baby had to show his maturity and start paying dividends for the Celtics. And he did show it in the first half of the season. He has some great moves under the hoop, he improved his outside shot, and he accepted his role as leader of the second team.

    But then it went to hell late in the season and in the playoffs, both the second team and Baby personally. He gained weight. He lost his shot, he lost his moves and got stuffed instead, he made some boneheaded plays.

    Now he thinks he should be a starter. I don’t think Baby will start for anyone, but hopefully he’ll grow up on another team. Too bad it didn’t happen on the Celts.

  8. 1historian - May 16, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    When they needed him to step up he didn’t

  9. zrbk - May 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    I still remember that game v.s. the Pistons when Big Baby first came to rescue. I still remember the Shrek and Donkey game. Glen may have screwed up this year, but he will be remembered.

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