Glen Davis, despite his flaws, remains one of the better free agent big men.
That makes deciding what to do with Davis a difficult dilemma for the Boston Celtics — they need a big man (or three) desperately, but they also want to maintain cap space for 2012 without overspending on an undersized power forward/center known to clash with Doc Rivers and occasionally endure strange, prolonged spells of poor play. To further complicate matters, the new CBA limits how much money the depth-starved Celtics can spend, and re-signing Davis — even if he’s not a perfect option for now or the future — could be their best chance to improve.
Sean Deveney reports the Celtics want to execute a sign-and-trade with Davis, which makes sense. Depending on how wisely the Celtics maneuver, trading Davis could possibly bring Danny Ainge the best of both worlds. The C’s could package Davis for a veteran who preferably A) can contribute off the bench, and B) has one year remaining on his contract, thereby allowing the Celtics to contend (or come reasonably close to contending) in 2011-12 while also maximizing their future flexibility.
Davis is also looking into his own options. (Boston Herald)
Though Davis declined to specify where beyond the Celtics he might be looking, two league sources confirmed that his camp targeted New Jersey, Orlando, Denver, Atlanta, Detroit and possibly New Orleans.
Despite his reported interest in all those teams, Davis still says he would like to return to Boston. But in the same breath, he mentions he would like to start, which wouldn’t happen in Boston at least for one more year.
“Any player with a sense of growth wants to start,” he said. “If the opportunity is there to start for a team, then definitely I would want to do that. But if I have to be a sixth man again, I don’t mind. I’m just excited to see what will happen. The only way I can find out is to wait until Dec. 9.
“I hope I can return to Boston. It will be cool to go back, but if not, then I have to move on.”
The Celtics will be quite busy as soon as Dec. 9 hits. Making decisions on Davis and Jeff Green is a priority, and (at risk of sounding melodramatic) could go a long way toward shaping the Celtics’ present and future.