Feb 23, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT
Glen Davis has chosen his old coach over his old teammate.
Well, that’s not the whole story. It appears Davis will choose the Los Angeles Clippers as his next destination, a spot where he moves to a team on the cusp of contending (how close is up for debate) where they are in desperate need of quality big men off the bench.
His move clears the way for Jason Collins to sign later on Sunday with the Nets, making him the first openly gay player in one of the big four American team sports.
Davis has been bought out by the Orlando Magic and is expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. Eastern, at which time he becomes a free agent. A few teams were targeting him, including the Brooklyn Nets who are led by former Davis teammate in Boston Kevin Garnett. KG was the guy making the pitch.
But Davis is heading West, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (and confirmed by multiple other reports).
This shouldn’t be a shock. Davis had said playing time and quality of team would be the deciding factors. The Clippers have a very good starting front line of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but after that they turn to Ryan Hollins for depth. Davis will instantly become the third best big on the Clippers — he averaged 12 points and 6.3 rebounds a game with Orlando, and Davis is a solid big — and he will get about as much run as he can handle. As for contending, the Clippers are flawed but much closer to the elite in the West than the Nets are to the elite in the East.
Brooklyn worked out Jason Collins before but put their pursuit of him on hold when Davis was bought out. If — and apparently now when — Davis chooses Los Angeles the Nets may go ahead and sign Collins to a 10-day contact.
This would make Collins the Nets’ choice. That will make news outside the Nets locker room. Inside it, this is an organization that Collins has played for before and liked him; plus Collins played in Boston with Garnett and Paul Pierce and KG in particular was unhappy when Collins was moved from there. Collins will fit in just fine, like the professional he is.
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