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Report: Magic reach buyout agreement with Glen Davis

Feb 20, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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Glen Davis has been up and down for the Magic this season, but has a unique skill set that could benefit a whole host of teams.

And Orlando, in the midst of a rebuilding phase has a number of young players they’d like to check out instead of giving the somewhat established Davis those minutes.

Buyout? Buyout.

The Magic have agreed to a contract buyout with Davis, according to Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Magic tried hard to move Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline but were unable to find a deal to unload him. The Los Angeles Clippers are the frontrunners to sign Davis, league sources said. Clippers GM and coach Doc Rivers coached Davis with the Boston Celtics and had discussions with Orlando in recent days about acquiring him. The Brooklyn Nets, who like the Clippers are searching for a backup big man, have significant interest in Davis too, league sources said.

Davis is under contract for a season beyond this one at $6.6 million guaranteed, and it’s unclear if he took even a small discount to be let out of his deal with the Magic. But it’s the best way to proceed for both sides.

The Magic know what they had in Davis, and he clearly wasn’t going to be a part of the team’s future. Davis has averaged 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per game for Orlando this season, while starting in 43 of his 45 appearances.

The Clippers would appear to be the primary landing spot for Davis due to his prior relationship with Rivers, though he’ll likely have plenty of other suitors if for some reason a reunion in Los Angeles ends up not working out.

  1. wupsumskul - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Heat

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      They did trade away Roger Mason Jr. for a future 2nd round draft pick – opening up a roster spot…. Big Baby would be an outstanding pickup for the Heat. Here’s hoping Riley can pull this off.

  2. zickhead - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Clippers are the Magic 2.0. Barnes, Reddick, Turkgalou and maybe Davis.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Glen Davis got fired? Uh oh… don’t make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

  4. fishfiletkray - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    This has Heat written all over it.

  5. jerdogthompson - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Yeah. Heat………..laughable.

    Doc has already put it into his head there is no place you’d rather be.

    We shall see who is right, I expect the eventual loser to come back and recognize defeat like a man. I know that’s a stretch.

    #InDocwetrust

    • phaden27 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      As a Celtics fan I can tell you Doc had problems with Big Baby’s attitude. There’s a reason both he and Nate Robinson were moved after the Shaq season. Don’t get your hopes up.

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        He even knocks over children after hitting game winning shots! Probably my favorite Big Baby moment, with Shrek and Donkey a close second.

  6. jerdogthompson - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    No hopes at all………I’m just saying times they are a changing.

    • phaden27 - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      The Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets, and Trailblazers might agree with that sentiment.

  7. themagicfanguy - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Finally! Maybe now they’ll give Harris the start at 4 and Nicholson the bench role like they should have all season.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Yeah, this season for the Magic should have always been about giving their talented young guys experience and seeing what they have.

      I think they figured that given how weak the Eastern Conference was this year, they had an off-chance of making the playoffs, but now that it’s clear that’s not happening, they’re fully committed to see what their young guys can do.

  8. themagicfanguy - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    @phaden Actually outside his hotel incident last year Big Baby has had an amazing attitude and work ethic since leaving Boston. He lost weight, played hard, and worked with the youngsters in the locker room to improve their(and his) game. I like him, just he was payed too much and there aren’t enough minutes to go around at the 4 to make him happy.

    • phaden27 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      No disagreement there. Still original impressions are hard to erase. I get the feeling it’ll be another team that takes a chance on him. Not the clippers.

  9. nickjackalson - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    or the Lakers, for that matter

    • nickjackalson - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      “The Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets, and Trailblazers might agree with that sentiment.”

      sry..didn´t “reply”

  10. Kevin S. - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    If he’s chasing a ring tbe Heat or Clippers would have the edge, but if it’s just money the Nets can significantly out-bid either team with their DPE.

  11. whoisrdymlz - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    He isn’t any good. Any would anyone sign him?

    • raidmagic - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. His role in Orlando was one he couldn’t fill. As a back up big man on a contending team he will be a steal for the right team.

      • dablakdrphil - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        @raidmagic Exactly, Big Baby can ball and definitely can help a playoff team

  12. bparmalee - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    The Pacers have no need for another big…at all. The Nets are the team that needs him the most and can pay him the most (see also AK-47’s weirdly low contract). I would be surprised if he wasn’t a Net by Monday.

  13. themagicfanguy - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Isn’t any good? Yeah, because 4’s that can average around 13-15ppg and 6-7rpg grow on trees.

  14. ufools - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Heat??? Don’t you already have like 4 big men? What could you possibly need another for ?

    Isn’t Oden your savior? Haha

  15. ufools - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Heat??? Don’t you already have like 4 big men? What could you possibly need another for ?

    Isn’t Oden your savior? Haha

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