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Report: Baron Davis will join Knicks

Dec 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

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Baron Davis will, eventually, be back under the bright lights of a big city basketball team. After being amnestied by the Cavaliers following a diagnosis of a bulging disc that will keep him out indefinitely, ESPN reports the former Warrior and Clipper (and Hornet) has decided to take the veteran minimum to join the New York Knicks.

From ESPN.com:

Baron Davis has committed to sign with the New York Knicks, according to sources close to the situation.

The deal could be formally completed as soon as Sunday, sources said.

Davis cleared waivers Friday after he was released through the amnesty clause in the new labor agreement by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

via Baron Davis, New York Knicks agree to deal, sources say – ESPN New York.

Davis was diagnosed with a bulging disc before being waived, and estimates have been between 4 and 10 weeks for his return. If he comes back any sooner than that, you have to wonder if Dan Gilbert will file a complaint (since it’s Dan Gilbert and all).

Davis is in the same position he’s always in. He could be great, he could be awful, he’ll probably be somewhere in between but closer to bad. However, in D’Antoni’s Seven Seconds or Less system, he could really excel. The Knicks need a playmaker, as Toney Douglas is not it. Iman Shumper looks very much like a shooting guard. Davis unleashed in a full-court scenario with Melo and Stoudemire could be impressive, even with Davis’ diminished abilities.

Defensively, there will be even more questions, but it’s certainly an upgrade over Douglas and Mike Bibby. For the veteran minimum, a starting point guard isn’t a bad land for the Knicks.

  1. jmclarkent - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    The move makes a lot of sense, but back issues are no joke. If it really is a true bulging disk I suspect that we are looking at the high-end of the recovery projection, possibly even longer (not to mention the prospect of a re-injury with this condensed schedule).

    I’d let him take his time and work him in very slowly when he returns (in hopes for a bit of “Golden State Baron” in the playoffs).

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Will the league let them play with 3 balls at once?

  3. sgm405 - Dec 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Are we still acting like Dan Gilbert was the only owner that complained about the CP3-to-Lakers deal?

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      No. But generally the loudest and stupidest get picked on the most.

      • sgm405 - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        Yep, he sure is stupid…

        http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/54/biz_06rich400_Daniel-Gilbert_LIVH.html

      • goforthanddie - Dec 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

        The squeaky wheel got greased. I don’t like it, but it worked then, and works a lot of times. As for stupid, well, that’s a stupid comment.

  4. dysraw1 - Dec 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    we need youth at both guard not players past their hayday

    • zacmonte - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:26 PM

      Iman Shumpert, Toney Douglas, Landry Fields.
      Youth?

      • bowens3181 - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:01 PM

        Oh you’re right! What amazing not-overrated players!

        …not

  5. dysraw1 - Dec 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    meant guard spots

  6. a185 - Dec 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I thought Toney Douglas and Fields were young along with the rookie. The Lakers and Mavs won without a young pg. the Heat almost won without a proven pg and the Celtics did win with an unproven pg. The best young pgs in the league, Rose, CP3, D Will, Westbrook and so on, haven’t been to the finals so that’s not important, the only thing a pg has to do is set up plays, you’re never to old to shoot or pass it. Plus the Knicks can’t afford much right now and this is low risk.

  7. glink123 - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    James Dolan couldn’t assemble a winning NBA roster in a 1-Team league.

  8. yournuts - Dec 18, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    The Baron of New York. I like it!

  9. jolink653 - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    low risk high reward signing and i like it…i think the knicks will surprise a lot of people with their guard play as toney douglas was hurt most of last year but still was able to put up good numbers and shumpert looked pretty good in the game against the nets (even though it was a preseason game)…the only issue is the PG spot as douglas and shumpert are both better in the 2 spot and that leaves bibby and i guess b diddy now to run the point and let’s face it we could have it a lot worse than those two…i think much of the offense will run through carmelo this year though and he’ll be acting as the point man at SF where he can distribute or take the shot

  10. dysraw1 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    dont get me wrong i like T.D. Landry Fields. I even think that Iman Shumpert is going to push his way into the starting lineup. i just dont thinks that B.D. or Bibby are the guys they used to be. and if they can not stretch the court on offense to give room for the bigs to operate then they are useless minus their wisdom

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