NBA Rumor: Ed Davis Free Agency

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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.

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.”

Lakers and four other teams reach out to Ed Davis

The Lakers repeated something to Ed Davis’ representatives on Tuesday night that they have said throughout the course of the 2014-15 season. The Lakers expressed interest in retaining Davis, according to a league source familiar with the situation. He posted career-highs in scoring (8.3 points a game), field-goal percentage (60.1), rebounding (7.6), blocked shots (1.2) and assists (1.2) in his fifth NBA season. Whether that happens, however, remains in question.

Davis declined to outline the terms of his preferred contract in length and dollar amount. But a league source familiar with his thinking said he will seek a two or three-year deal worth $7-8 million a year, or a one-year deal worth $9-10 million. Davis expressed preference for joining a playoff team, which he believes the Lakers will become next season. And Davis sounded eager to make up for lost earnings after experiencing a five-year career that he called “up and down” that he chalked to “bad luck.”
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