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Baron Davis out with back injury, Cavs consider amnesty

Dec 12, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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It’s easy to shrug off Baron Davis being injured at the start of camp since he’s not known for showing up to camp in the best shape.

But this time it appears to be more serious, after missing the first three days of Cavaliers training camp Davis has left the team to get a second opinion on his back injury, according to tweets Ken Berger of

Based on physical in Cleveland, there was a fear in organization that it could be weeks before Davis got back on the floor.

Hold on Knicks fans, don’t get too excited yet, there is a long way to go before you see him in blue and orange. (And for the record, I wouldn’t get too excited about that, you have better on your roster right now.)

First, the Cavaliers are still deciding whether or not to use the amnesty clause on him. The team may keep him if they think he can bounce back and be productive. But don’t believe they want to keep him around to mentor rookie Kyrie Irving (the top pick in the last draft) — the Clippers traded him in part to get him out of a locker room where Blake Griffin was changing the culture. While Davis may have said and done the right things after being traded to the Cavs, his work ethic has been questioned plenty in the past.

Even if the Cavaliers do use the amnesty clause on him, he would have to clear waivers before the Knicks could sign him because the Knicks are over the salary cap. Same with the Heat.

  1. narrabeen23 - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Considering it? hell, i thought an email entitled, “Amnesty Papers for Baron Davis” would’ve been sent to the league the second after the new CBA was signed.

    Oh that’s right, Dan Gilbert was too busy sending another email to Stern…

    • ljl2 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      You and everyone outside of Cleveland who ignored the Cavs said they were leaning towards keeping him…

      also – you realize that over half the owners contacted the league arguing against the trade and only Gilbert’s email (which was sent after it was vetoed) happened to league. maybe instead of blasting Gilbert you should question why out of all the owners who made pleas with the league, only he is outed and blasted by the NBA media…?

      • thatboi901 - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM

        Maybe b/c he was the only one dumb enough to leave tangible proof that he was against the trade? Or that he is clearly still bitter over losing Lebron? Or even the simple fact that he has been one of the most vocal owners over the last year outside of Cuban

      • ljl2 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        thatboi –

        it won’t let me comment on your post, but maybe it’s because for the past year people have been trying to paint Gilbert in certain lights. Like when they said he was a hawk with Sarver and they were trying to go hardline if it meant loss of the season and then later tried to sweep under the rug that Gilbert was trying to push the league to OK a 50-50 deal before most owners were willing to accept it.

        Is Gilbert a dick? Probably, but that doesn’t mean facts get to thrown away.

  2. cantonbound13 - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Is it so much to ask that you report in good shape when you’re being paid millions? I don’t get guys like Baron & Eddie Curry.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      You can almost excuse that this year, it didn’t look like there would be a season. But yeah, when your job is basically to stay in shape…

      • ljl2 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:47 PM

        he’s not out of shape. it has nothing to do with being out of shape? it’s a back injury.

  3. predicatepanda - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    I don’t know if it’s bad luck, bad conditioning or too many destinations but this guy has aged like a Dominican shortstop.

    • thatboi901 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      I don’t think I seen anybody age faster in the NBA. In three years he went from a explosive dunker to a guy I would be surprised if he could still dunk.

  4. dukesinhell - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    I was so happy when Dan Gilbert traded for him. Only that POS is his equal..

  5. max20characters - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Maybe he should realize the Lockout is over and instead of driving to the nearest McDonalds, its time to drive to Quicken Loans. Its his excuse of being the Shaq of all Point Guards…

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