HoopsHype Glen Davis rumors

February 23, 2014 Updates

With the Magic in the midst of a long rebuilding process, Davis’ presence was blocking playing time for second-year big men Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O’Quinn, leading to the buyout of the final year-plus of his contract. He’s expected to make a decision on his new home before he clears waivers and becomes a free agent Monday, and Garnett has done his best to try and convince Davis to join forces with him in Brooklyn. “A pitch, that’s what you’d call it?” Garnett asked. “I think Big Baby can help us and obviously I voiced my opinion on that. “I guess Baby’s a hot commodity right now,” Garnett added with a smile. “I do think he can help us. I think his basketball IQ fits into what we do here. He’s a talker. He communicates. He understands championship basketball. So yeah, he can help us.” New York Post

February 22, 2014 Updates
February 21, 2014 Updates

The Magic began buyout discussions with Davis earlier in the week, and when they were unable to deal him before Thursday’s trade deadline, the buyout plans were accelerated and ultimately executed. "After the deadline passed, we just felt like this change was necessary and a good thing for our team and also for Glen," Magic GM Rob Hennigan said. "It mutually benefitted both sides. … It opens up opportunities for players on our team to get some minutes. Those minutes, with (head coach) Jacque (Vaughn), they will be based on merit and have to be earned. With Glen leaving, it certainly opens up some minutes for our younger guys." NBA.com

The Brooklyn Nets will not decide on whether to proceed with their interest in signing free-agent center Jason Collins until letting the sudden free agency of Glen "Big Baby" Davis play out over the weekend, according to sources close to the process. Davis will officially hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent Monday assuming he clears waivers after finalizing a contract buyout Friday with the Orlando Magic. ESPN.com

Sources told ESPN.com that Davis is the Nets' top choice for the opening in their frontcourt rotation. But Brooklyn's attentions could shift quickly back to Collins if the Nets miss out on Davis, who is being recruited hard to join the Los Angeles Clippers by former coach Doc Rivers. ESPN.com

Sources say Rivers and Nets forward Kevin Garnett are going head-to-head in a recruiting battle to try to convince Davis to join their respective teams. The trio, of course, were all on the same side when the Rivers-coached Boston Celtics won the NBA title in 2008. ESPN.com

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