HoopsHype Ed Davis rumors


July 2, 2014 Updates
July 1, 2014 Updates

Forward Ed Davis, now an unrestricted free agent, confirmed Monday what I wrote last November when he didn’t come to terms on a contract extension with the Grizzlies. “I did have an offer from Memphis,” Davis said, “and I turned it down.” For the record, Davis didn’t sound bitter about his time with the Grizzlies. He acknowledged that Memphis wasn’t the best situation basketball-wise and said this circumstance only serves as motivation. Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 30, 2014 Updates
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It was the first of several early season clashes between Joerger and Pera. When the Grizzlies opened the season 2-3 -- including double-digit defeats to Dallas and New Orleans -- Pera flew to Memphis and held individual meetings with players, sources say. He began offering bizarre suggestions. He suggested Mike Miller, a longtime Grizzlies player who was re-signed in the offseason, could become a player-coach. He brought up the idea that Joerger could wear an NFL-style headset and take instructions on the sideline. When the Grizzlies faced Golden State in early November, Pera insisted that Joerger give significant minutes to fourth-year power forward Ed Davis. Davis played just one. Again, according to sources, Pera insisted that Joerger had to go. Only after it was explained how dysfunctional the franchise would look if it fired a first year head coach six games into the season did Pera back down. SI.com

May 4, 2014 Updates

The inconsistent playing time Ed Davis received in his first full season in Memphis would suggest that there is a measure of uncertainty within the organization whether the former Toronto draftee really is the ready-made replacement for Z-Bo (if necessary) he's been billed by some to be. The safe bet, though, is that Davis' agent, Rob Pelinka, will be able to generate an offer sheet in free agency that comes in higher than Memphis was hoping to spend on the 24-year-old. Stay tuned. ESPN.com

January 17, 2014 Updates

The Grizzlies engaged in discussions surrounding a contract extension for Ed Davis before the season, and the productivity of negotiations gave the 24-year-old confidence that he’s viewed as part of the core. Behind Randolph and Gasol, Davis’ minutes fluctuate sometimes and he admits frustration sets in when time becomes scarce. And even so, he understands his position and has sought Randolph and Gasol for personal advice and provoking support. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a deal done, but it wasn’t a big thing because I’ll be a restricted free agent in the summer,” Davis told RealGM. “Hopefully, we’ll get something done this summer and I’ll be back.” RealGM

December 3, 2013 Updates

Q: Do you feel that there are chemistry problems with the team right now? Ed Davis: I wouldn’t say it’s chemistry but when you two All-Stars out you’re gonna lose something especially Marc Gasol what he does offensively and defensively and then you have Z-Bo being out you know he’ll give you 18 and 12 a night so obviously you’re losing something there but I wouldn’t say chemistry is our worry but I say you’re losing a lot of production. 3 Shades Of Blue

November 29, 2013 Updates

Several executives mentioned Davis as a potential trade target, but from where I sit, it only happens if Memphis is unable to move Zach Randolph and the $35.2 million he is owed this season and next. The reality for the Grizzlies is that Z-Bo has more value to them on the court than his contract has on the trade market. And until Davis gets a chance to shine with more minutes, his trade value is limited, too. Here's the real problem for Memphis, though: Davis' agent, Rob Pelinka, is notorious for working the system when it comes to gaming the system in free agency. So if the Grizzlies do trade Davis, it won't be because they want to. It'll be out of fear that Davis turned down their extension offer because Pelinka already has found a landing spot for him. CBSSports.com

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The Grizzlies' Davis ranks as the sleeper of this extension class after he was barely used by former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins upon arriving in Memphis in late January in the Rudy Gay trade. Extensions are historically rare for role players, but Davis is regarded in some corners as the heir to Zach Randolph's frontcourt spot alongside Marc Gasol, with Z-Bo down to this season and next season's $16.9 million option left on his contract at 32. Though it remains to be seen if negotiations progress to the serious stage, sources say that Davis' camp and the Grizzlies have been discussing a deal this month. ESPN.com

June 16, 2013 Updates

Former Bulls’ great Scottie Pippen joined Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist. Before the festivities were formally unveiled, the three spoke to a select group of some 70 local high school players from 20 different area schools Saturday morning. Pippen’s story as a lightly-recruited role player and former team manager who wound up at Central Arkansas whose emergence keyed the Bulls’ six championships served as a tale worth emulating. “I think what I tried to stress is the feel good confidence of taking part in something like this,” Pippen said. “You don’t have to be a superstar. You can be that ninth, 10th or llth man, and still work and try to get something out of it.” Chicago Sun-Times

May 21, 2013 Updates

The 15-man Memphis roster boasts five lefties: Mike Conley, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, Ed Davis and Tony Wroten. Head coach Lionel Hollins is a lefty, too. All told, that's more than the other three teams combined. The Heat have two southpaws (Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony), the Spurs one (Manu Ginobili) and the Pacers none. In this season's playoffs, lefties have accounted for 46.1% of all minutes played by Memphis players, the second highest percentage in NBA playoff history behind the 46.2% of the 1969 Philadelphia 76ers, according to an analysis by Basketball Reference. During this season's playoffs, lefties have accounted for 48.5% of all Memphis field goals attempted, second in NBA playoff history only to the 48.8% of the 1968 New York Knicks, according to Basketball Reference. Wall Street Journal

February 20, 2013 Updates

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