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Baron Davis hasn’t played in the NBA in five years, but his confidence in his game hasn’t waned in the slightest, as evidenced by this confident — some may even say delusional — tweet. Baron Davis: I can avg 12pt 6asst next year. In the NBA. #comebackplayeroftheyear 🤔
Case in point: former Cavaliers guard Baron Davis, now 37 years old and more than four years removed from his last NBA game, is known to covet the job and insists he could do it well so long as he had two weeks to get into tip-top shape (he played six games in the NBA Development League last season, averaging 12.8 points, 3.5 assists and 22.5 minutes. Also, fellow former Cleveland player Andre Miller, the 40-year-old who played in Minnesota (26 games) and San Antonio (13 games) last season, would certainly want this gig but has thus far inspired no mutual interest.
“For the first time in my career, I was waiting for someone to take a chance on me,” Davis says. “There were no suitors for a while, but I’d made peace with myself. Luckily, the 87ers called. It was a big moment for me in my life and in my household. I have another shot to play.”
Shams Charania: Baron Davis, a former NBA All-Star, has signed with the Philadelphia 76ers’ D-League affiliate (Delaware), sources tell The Vertical.
Derek Bodner: Reminder that Davis isn’t signing an NBA deal. #sixers don’t have his rights. Sixers can’t play him. Sixers still have an open roster spot.
Chris Reichert: Multiple NBADL teams have invited Baron Davis to practice with them for potential roster add. He has declined them all, per league sources
A couple of weeks ago he reconnected with his former agent, Todd Ramasar, and Saturday held a private workout for the Dallas Mavericks. They supposedly remain interested, but as with everyone else, they want to see him play first. While a source close to Davis says interest also has been expressed by teams in Finland, Israel and Australia, where former Knicks teammate Al Harrington is currently playing for the Sydney Kings, going overseas would probably push a return to the NBA to next season. It also might make it difficult for him to keep up his maintenance work with Hines and Dr. Khaziran. Forging his way back through the no-frills D-League actually holds a certain appeal. He doesn’t want to come back because of who he was. He wants to make it back because of who he is.
So could he possibly recapture any of that, at 36, after a three-plus-year absence? “I don’t know that people know the shape he’s in,” says Hollins, who worked out with him between being released by the Memphis Grizzlies in late October and picked up by the Washington Wizards at the end of November. “He can still play a couple years in this league.”
Two of Baron’s former coaches, Mike Dunleavy and Paul Silas, are certain he still could contribute even without an ability to attack the rim. “He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached,” Dunleavy says. “That part of the game is never leaving him. Because of his size you could also throw him down in the post, and he’s a terrific ball-handler, has vision and can get you into your sets. I’d have no concerns about bringing him in as a third guard and mentor to the young guys.”
Two-time NBA All-Star guard Baron Davis is expected to sign a contract with the NBA’s Development League by Wednesday, his agent Todd Ramasar told Yahoo Sports.
Davis, 36, decided over the weekend that he would sign a contract to join the D-League after contemplating the move for two years. Ramasar said that Davis’ wife recently gave birth to their second child, which pushed his hopes of joining the D-League until after Jan. 20.
The Dallas Mavericks, who have been known to add NBA veterans to the roster of their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, worked out Davis in Los Angeles last Sunday, Ramasar said. “He is looking forward to playing in the D-League and showing teams what he is capable of,” Ramasar told Yahoo Sports. “He feels that the timing is right. More than anything Baron has put in the training and is confident in his body. He feels he is ready to return to the NBA.”
Davis has been working out daily with former NBA assistant and player development coach Rico Hines, his former UCLA teammate, in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-3 combo guard last played competitively in the Drew League Pro-Am in Los Angeles last summer. “Every pro athlete wants to retire on his terms,” said Ramasar, who also played with Davis at UCLA. “His current last game wasn’t the way he wanted to go out. He is very excited about the D-League.”
Marc J. Spears: Ex-NBA guard Baron Davis’ agent Todd Ramasar tells Yahoo that his client plans on making his D-League debut after 1/20.
Chris Reichert: Baron Davis has signed with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL
“This is the first time I’m going to put myself out there, I’m going to try out for some teams.” @Baron_Davis on looking to get back to @NBA
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“I’m optimistic about our team,” added Ballmer. “I’m optimistic about our team success, and that optimism is a force multiplier. In many ways, the reason we did this is consistent with that optimism as a force multiplier approach.”
The Clippers owner also paid the town of Inglewood $66.2 million for the land where Intuit Dome will sit. The Clippers will get some of that back, though. Intuit, the software company that makes Turbo Tax, will pay the team more than $500 million for a 23-year naming rights slot. That deal only enhanced Ballmer’s optimism. “This stadium is about being optimistic about our team,” Ballmer said. “It’s about being optimistic about our fans. Get in the building, pump up, make energy,” Ballmer added, clapping his hands. “Your energy can feed our team to greater success.”