Ed Davis Rumors

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Ed Davis
Ed Davis
Position: F
Born: 06/05/89
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $4,767,000
“Lebron is making $34.7 million and he’ll lose like $13 million (if the NBA doesn’t resume), so like 35 percent of his pay,” Marks said. “Whereas if he’s going back to Orlando, he’s probably looking at a loss of between $5.5 to $6 million.” Dropping $13 million won’t disrupt LeBron, but, as Marks noted, 72 percent of the players are paid below the average salary of $9.4 million. It’s a top-heavy system, not unlike American society. “There are a lot more Ed Davis’ of the NBA world (who is making $4.7 million with the Utah Jazz) than Kyrie Irving’s of the world (who is making $31.7 million),” Marks said. “There’s a group of guys making over $20 million but the majority of them are making less than 5.”
ED: Yeah, I’m about 99.9 percent sure that we’ll finish the season. I know a couple guys from the Jazz have concerns, but in our group chat when we talk, everybody’s on board and we’re ready to play. We’re hoping that we can start doing contact stuff soon, so the team I play on, we’re ready to go. I don’t know how it is for some of these other teams. But I’ve played with so many different guys in the NBA and I talk to so many different guys and, for the most part, guys want to play. Obviously, you got some guys that, for different reasons, might not want to play. For some guys, there’s a lot on the line. You got some guys who are in a contract year. If I’m Jordan Clarkson or Donovan , I might not want to play, just for the simple fact that I had a good year and I’m looking for a contract extension, so why would I risk getting hurt? But, at the same time, the reason why we’re in this situation is because we’re in a pandemic.
Storyline: Season Resuming?
Ed Davis: It’s easy for a guy like Kyrie to say that he’ll give everything back , but would he really give everything back? It’s easy for Dwight Howard to say that we don’t need to play when he’s in Atlanta in his $20 million mansion. But there are other guys on the rosters who need this money to provide for whoever they’re taking care of and things like that. It’s easy for the superstars in the league to say this and how they feel about this and that. But it means a lot more when it comes from the role players and the guys that . There are so many different perspectives because there are so many different levels in the NBA. Like I said, it’s so easy for the superstars to say, “Let’s just not play,” and they’re good. But some guys can’t just do that. There are lives on the line and, like I said, generational wealth on the line. These are the hits that we’re going to take if we don’t play.
Ed Davis: I’m looking at it like: With where we’re at as a Black culture and how we’re so far behind when it comes to black people and the wealth we have, the money we have, us missing the rest of this season (and possibly next year), we’re talking about billions and billions of dollars for the black community because a lot of guys in the NBA are black men from the inner cities and things like that. So, the way I look at it, we have to play for that simple fact. I saw Stephen Jackson say that we can’t play because it’s going to be a distraction. Yeah, it’s going to be a distraction, but we can take that money – those billions and billions of dollars – that we’re going to make and pour it back in the community. You can look at it like that – that us losing out on that money would hurt generations of people.
Storyline: Season Resuming?
Ed Davis: For me, I make $5 million a year and I’m taking a 25-percent pay cut , so I’m losing around $30,000 every two weeks. That’s hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that’s what is creating generational wealth and that’s what is really going to help the black community. I don’t know if guys are looking at it like that. But that’s just my perspective and the reason why I think we need to play. I get it, we need to take a stand; we got to do this, we got to do that. But you got to have money to do some of these things and make some of these things happen. isn’t just gonna happen because of us boycotting and not playing and shutting it down. And then, we’re really gonna be set back.
The Jazz, utilizing Zoom, have been conducting weekly team meetings with head coach Quin Snyder, in addition to virtual group workouts, and team challenges. “We’ve had like fun little dribbling challenges that one of the coaches started per week and we crown a winner,” Conley said. “Just trying to keep guys engaged as much as possible in hopes that we can get back to playing soon.” Conley has also been trying to stay engaged with his teammates in more recreational ways, playing Call of Duty with Royce O’Neale and Donovan Mitchell and playing Monopoly with Ed Davis.
The NBA is a touchy sport. Teammates share elaborate handshakes. Players dap and fist bump and sometimes trade jerseys. They give fans autographs using their markers. Hugs are a constant. It’s not unusual for players to enter and leave the court through a tunnel draped by fans with their arms extended, all looking for some kind of physical and personal contact. “I always hated doing that just because people are nasty, man. You know what I mean?” the Jazz’s Ed Davis said, stretching out his hands. “You don’t know who washes their hands, the type of nasty s— people doing.”
Storyline: Coronavirus
Davis is informed but not overly worried. “I think it’s just more everybody is in panic mode,” he said. “The flu is way worse than this new virus. It is what it is. It’s not really going to get serious until somebody in the NBA catches it. That’s when it’s going to be a problem. That’s when it’s going to alert m———– or if it started doing what they’re doing overseas with no fans at the games and stuff like that. I guess in things like this it doesn’t really get serious until it hits home or something like that. So it is what it is. I can’t live my life stressing over a virus. It’s going to be what it’s going to be.”
Joe Harris: I think you’ve seen it year after year where we’ve brought in D’Lo, Ed Davis, DeMarre Carroll, Allen Crabbe, players that weren’t here from the very beginning but they were able to seamlessly adapt, buy in to what was going on and then you see it again now with Kyrie and Kevin, DeAndre, Wilson, Garrett. It takes a little bit of time obviously, but it is sort of a seamless transition. I think at the end of the day it’s because Kenny and Sean, they don’t take chances on guys that might have questionable character. It’s always, all right, this guy, they’ll fit, they’ll buy in, and you see that year in and year out since you’ve been here.
But Bryant wasn’t going to settle for less. By this time, he had won five rings. By this time, he was already immortal. But, the competitiveness was still there. And that competitiveness would never waver. “That’s the main thing that I will always remember,” Davis told The Athletic. “No matter what, he always thought that he had a chance to win. He wouldn’t settle for anything less than winning. I remember when I got there, he was in like his 16th season. He put so much detail into everything he did. Sprints. Full court one-on-one. Everything. I was in awe of his work ethic.”
Lakers coach Frank Vogel moved Davis from the 4 to the 5 at halftime on Friday night, sparking a 95-86 win over the Utah Jazz in Davis’ home debut for the Lakers. Davis finished with a hearty line of 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists, and left his imprint on both ends of the floor with the help of the lineup adjustment. “Anthony and I talked about it, and he was all for it and wanted to do it,” Vogel said. “If it makes sense, then obviously I don’t mind doing it. And it made sense tonight,” added Davis, which is saying something for him, considering how he publicly declared his preference to playing the 4 at his introductory news conference.
Donovan Mitchell: ““It’s definitely different but I’m going to miss my guys. I talked to all of them and I think it’s tough to see that in this business, especially with my guy Grayson (Allen) because this is his first time going through it. … We’ve got Mike, Bojan, we’ve got Ed, and those guys are really key to what we’ve got going on and I’m excited.””
While waiting for free agency, the 30-year-old center picked up where he left off last season, working on his game with player development coach Travon Bryant. Davis has been at Brooklyn’s HSS Training Center working out and has seen Nets GM Sean Marks nearly every day. He also realizes that his time as a regular at the complex is potentially coming to a close as he considers his free agent priorities. “First is the money,” Davis said after participating in a Jr. NBA clinic and NBA Cares project to benefit service men and women at Basketball City on Wednesday. “Then, two is fit. Then, if it’s a playoff team or a non-playoff team or an old team or young team. Whatever fits best for you. The last thing I guess is the city, but for sure a guy like me is definitely the money for sure.
Storyline: Ed Davis Free Agency
Heading into free agency, the Nets have Davis’ Non-Bird Rights and his cap hold is $5.3 million. “Hopefully I get a pay raise,” Davis said. “Don’t we all want a pay raise? I’ve been talking to my agent, and we’ll see what’s going to happen in July. Hopefully, I’m back in Brooklyn. But if not, I definitely enjoyed my time there, and I appreciate every minute that I had in Brooklyn. I’m still working out there every day right now. We’ll see what happens. It’s a business. You know how it goes.”
Ed Davis, who earned $4.4 million this season, is looking to cash in as one of the league’s best backup centers ranking third in rebound percentage (22) and defensive rebound percentage (30.7), and fifth in offensive rebound percentage (13.5). The 29-year-old center has expressed a desire to remain in Brooklyn long-term, but after earning less than he did the previous three seasons each in Portland, he’ll command a pay raise. Of the three unrestricted free agents, Davis is likely to draw the most interest around the league. “Me personally, I would love to be back,” Davis said. “But y’all know how free agency works. Sean, they’re going to go after the top free agents as they should, and then however it goes, if everybody else falls in line, that’s just how it works and we’ll see what happens.”
Storyline: Ed Davis Free Agency