Glen Davis goes back and forth more than a tennis ball. He flip-flops more than Tevas. So when he says re-signing with the Celtics is his number one priority in free agency, I take it with a grain of salt. (Boston Globe)
“Most definitely, that’s my No. 1 priority – see if I can come back here and play,’’ he said. “And if I can’t, go somewhere else.’’
His words were tamer than they were in May, when it appeared Davis had grown tired of coach Doc Rivers’s treatment.
“I think in a lot of situations you have to air things out,’’ said Davis, who because of the NBA lockout cannot have contact with the Celtics front office. “Especially with a player that’s growing. You’ve got to talk and clear things up, and I think that time will come whenever the opportunity comes. I’m just trying to focus on working out.’’
Playing-wise, Davis would help the Celtics. Forget for a second that he ended last season playing (and looking) like a beached whale. Forget for a second the gripes with Doc Rivers, and the iffy shot selection at times, and the amount of weight he reportedly gained during the middle of last season. The Celtics need big men like a Diabetes patient needs insulin. Jermaine O’Neal is their only current center, and if he plays more than 60 games next season, church bells will ring in every Massachusetts city. The Celtics will have very little cap space to sign capable bigs, but if the new CBA resembles the old one, they could extend beyond the cap to re-sign Davis.
That said, signing him would be a risk. As a reasonably-talented big man who can play two positions, finished fourth in the Sixth Man of the Year voting (I know — shocking), plays two ways (most of the time) and possesses championship-level experience, Davis will likely command a sizable contract. And maybe he’s earned it. But if you’re the Celtics, do you feel comfortable spending a significant portion of your (extremely valuable) cap space on an overweight, underheight whiner who clashes with Doc Rivers and averaged only 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds (while shooting 39.1%) in the playoffs? Neither would I. Save the cap space for 2012, pray for a superstar (Dwight Howard, anyone?), or settle for solid free agents (aka: please, don’t spend money on any Travis Outlaws) — even if that means losing more games next season.
So, yeah, Glen Davis said he wants to remain a Celtic. He also said he wants to go somewhere Glen Davis can be Glen Davis, and I assume he wants to go somewhere Glen Davis can be paid. Sometimes, it’s mutually beneficial to part ways. This might be one of those times.
Or, then again, maybe not.
P.S. — Davis said he’s interested in signing overseas.