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Report: Lakers sign Ed Davis to two-year, $2 million contract

Jul 16, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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The Grizzlies surprisingly didn’t extend Ed Davis a qualifying offer, letting the 25-year-old become a restricted free agent.

He never meshed behind Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, but getting stuck behind a couple All-Star big men probably stunted Davis’ growth.

That won’t happen in Los Angeles, where the Lakers have just Julius Randle, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre to play the 4 and 5.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

This is really nice value for the Lakers, who previously overspent on Hill and Nick Young. Davis is the type of young player with upside and a low price tag they should have been targeting all along.

Davis might even start in Los Angeles next season. With Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman departing and Ryan Kelly still a free agent, the Lakers’ are terribly thin up front.

If Davis is a stop-gap, that’s fine. That’s all he’s costing.

But he might develop into more – and that’s why the Lakers come out ahead on this deal.

  1. houstonfan4life - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    damn im shocked he only got 2 mil. i would have thought a bunch of teams could use him as a 3rd big or possibly even start at the 4. i figured he could have gotten 5-6 mil. I hate the Lakers but that was a good find for them, they need young valuable players and Davis was one of them

    • money2long - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Wow! When I heard Grizz didn’t extend I was hoping LA plucked him. Didn’t actually expect it to come to fruition.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Love it! 2 years/2 million on a young guy that could break out, what’s not to like?

    We need a real C though. Randle, Hill and Davis are all PFs, and while a couple of those guys could play a 5, it’s
    not ideal. I’ll have to comb through the list of availble FA C’s to see what’s the scenario. I’m really liking the moves made this offseason. Hill could have been had for cheaper, I’m sure. Don’t really know who they were bidding against, but in reality he’s actually worth that contract. Same with Nick Young, so I wouldn’t really call it overpaying. I’m happy.

    • JHathwell - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      You like the Lakers’ moves?

      Is your name Jimmy by any chance?

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        well, the team is probably better than it was last year. Obviously won’t contend, but trending in the right direction. I would like to see if Davis can break out with playing time.

      • JHathwell - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Trending? They wont go .500 and they wont be bads enough to keep their pick. All of the guys signed for a year or 2 except Swagger. Team is on the road to nowhere, brother.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        yeah…good point, J. especially after going to the Finals 3 years in a row…anything else is the “road to nowhere”…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        let’s see if I understand this correctly.

        “the team is PROBABLY better than it was last year”

        Oh I love it. They won 27 games last yr folks.

        Probably, not is, not definitely but probably.

        Oh, 28 wins is an IMPROVEMENT for them.

        Oh, the $2 million they spent on this superstar was all the money they had left to spend after paying Kobe.

      • billtetley53 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Lounge: its going on 5 years since they ladt played in a finals, give it up. They have been on a downward spiral ever since.

        Vanessa Monetti: How can you say they are better than last year? This is a team minus Gasol, and you have no idea what your husband Kobe can do. He may step on the court and break something else.

        This team is stuck at 25-35 wins until Kobe is gone.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM


      • loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        teams go up and down. no doubt…some do it better reaching a title every so often. not too many teams can say that. yeah…going on the 5th year since the Lakers last title is a while…but that is shorter time than 26 other teams.

    • money2long - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Is the nba center dying ?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        That would be the general consensus, however I would disagree. Look at all 30 NBA teams rosters (probably better from last seasons since there are a lot of unsigned players at this point). All of them have a worthwhile/good C. Real talk, look it up. There are plenty of them out there, but it’s just popular belief that there is none.

      • money2long - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        I would love a good center too.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        Me too money. You got a good PG and a good C, everything else will fall in place. I don’t care about the small ball notion.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:36 AM

        It would appear that the NBA center is dying, but as soon as someone comes along who looks promising, teams fall all over themselves trying to acquire him.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        seems like the league goes into cycles/phases. “small ball” is very popular considering what the Heat done recently but i bet if you find a true dominant center (a la Shaq), the trend may go back. idk…when we consider guys like Howard or Hibbert to be at the top of that position, yeah…the C is dead.

      • money2long - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        I agree. It’s a copy cat league.

    • muhangis - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:08 AM

      Still HATE getting NOTHING for Gasol, when they had the opportunity all along, and blew it! A good deal of young talent or a high draft pick or two they could have received in return for him.

      I still Jr. Buss and Kupchak for their lack of sense!

      • muhangis - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        *still despise..

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:21 AM

        Meh. I hear you but it’s all good. I like that we stayed loyal to Pau and kept him the duration of his contract.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        it would have been nice to flip Pau for a pick…or something. But i cant hate the guy. he did so much during his time in LaLaLand. Love the Spanierd.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        WHY get something of value in return when you could get nothing?

        Dr. Buss is rolling over in his grave.

      • vg777 - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        all they were getting for 2nd round pick offers last year – might as well keep the cap flexibility. there was some talk about sign and trade for boozer, but again, paying boozer tons of money is pretty much pointless, even if u r getting a crappy pick in return.

    • im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Time to trade Sacre

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:31 AM

        For what, a bag of nickels? Max he’d pull a mid-late 2nd rounder, IF that. He’s been around for two years, it’s probably better just to keep him around for this last year and see what he develops into. He does work hard and is a good guy. I like him and I’m pulling for him.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Low risk, high reward… this guy was a lottery pick and a highly regarded recruit out of high school.. he should have lots of playing time and opportunity to realize his potential.. if it doesn’t work out, he is only a $1 million depth piece

  4. tardyman - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    This is a huge bargain. This guy never seems to get the minutes or opportunities to shine but I think that if he gets his chances in LA I think he can average something close to a double-double. Good signing by the Lakers.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Your comment says a lot when one thinks about it.

      You said this was a player that never seems to get the mins or opportunities.

      Now that he comes to the might Lakers he will get min’s and an opportunity that he couldn’t on the other powerhouse teams he was on.

      There is a lot in your comment above sir when one thinks about it.

  5. brugis23 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Yep! Champions, no doubt about it!(delusional lakers fans)

    • stephenlin - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      No one on here is saying “championships.” Take your hate blinders off.

  6. khmerson562 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Mitch kupchak sign Ed Davis because the lakers need body and they’re both went to North Carolina.

  7. mazblast - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Well, that settles that. Let’s inscribe the Lakers on the O’Brien Trophy and not bother to play the season.

    He’s big, he’s young, and no one knows whether he can actually PLAY in this league. It’s a comparatively low-risk, high-reward signing, but Lakers fans shouldn’t go around high-fiving each other just yet.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      where has anyone said this makes the Lakers a contender?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        HONESTLY!!! I’ve come to realize that there are no more “delusional” Laker fans then there are in any other fan base. HOWEVER, there ARE delusional Laker-haters. PLENTY of them. They are delusional about our delusion. Ironic AF. Shout out to the homie billtetley53 doe!

      • loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        people love to hate on the best…and really kick at them when they are down. its all good. I love our track record. Maybe besides the Spurs…nobody has had it better.

      • billtetley53 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        No lounge, people live to hate on the moronic ,know nothing fans. Just look at your comment above, your team stinks in the here and now, but youre basically waving the old banners from yesteryear.

        You guys are calling these good signings, when all we have heard for the last year is how this or that player was coming to L.A.

        When are you guys going to realize that its a different era and a different cba? I have been telling you this for years. The lakers , outside of Shaq, never got big free agents anyway, it was through trades.

        Your fanbase bought and paid for all the greif you’re getting now, you deserve it.

        I don hate the lakers because they are “the best”( they arent).

        I just detest the most of thefanbase.

        Thanks for the S.O. malt.

        Where is pissy eyes musician, and he who shall not be named at?
        My guess is they are holed up somwhere touching dinks. Good for them!

  8. seasickcecil - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM


  9. fordmandalay - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Well, Kupchak certainly earned another decade in his job with THIS great signing.

  10. unxpexted1 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Since striking out on Melo, i think we’ve been pretty smart this offseason. Everybody is on short term deals, minus Swaggy P, we’ve gotten younger for the most part, and might be able to put a halfway decent product on the floor at least. Better this then overpaying for second tier stars.

  11. andreboy1 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    this guy has done nothing in 4 years and two stops

    he’s nothing more than a 4th big

  12. fordmandalay - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Lakers FA period – didn’t even make moves to try to get Isaiah Thomas or Lance Stevenson; wasted time and effort on useless stabs at Carmelo and DIRK NOVITSKI (???); letting great Laker Pau Gasol go; and their greatest acquisitions are picking up Jeremy Lin for a ham sammich, and a third-string center for pocket change. And still no coach in sight. What a mess.

    • vg777 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      isaih thoams and lanec got 3 year deals, and lakers are going after superstars to anchor the franchise, not stop-gags that will tie up the cap spaec. Just making the playoffs might be good enough for charlotte and phoenix, but Lakers have bigger fish to fry. Cap flexibility next year when rondo/love/aldridge/marc gasol/brook lopez/afflalo are all going to be on the market.

  13. mutasian - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    had they signed him first, they might have just let hill go elsewhere.

  14. pondersucks07 - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    This was a good move for the Lakers. Ever since Stern ruin the Lakers by vetoing the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers, Which was the better of the two trades. Then trading for Dwight Howard who if I cant do it my way, Then I will quit on the team and move on. If they Paul trade wasn’t vetoed, LeBron would have been playing in LA this year. The Lakers know its going to take two more years to get this back to where the franchise needs to be. Chances are good if love doesn’t get traded to Cleveland, Love will sign with his home town team the Lakers. Love lives in West Wood, Grow up rooting for the Lakers. ! year after that you will see players flocking back to LA, With Kevin Durant being one of them and maybe Westbrook as well

  15. skins26portis - Jul 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Laker fans are trying to talk themselves into believing signing Ed Davis is a good move. Wow how quickly they have fallen. The slide continues and Laker fans get to suffer for another season. No coach, a aging injured player in Kobe and no Gasol. Yea you will be better Laker fans . Not

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