Ed Davis: How Forward Will Fare with Memphis Grizzlies After Rudy Gay Trade

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 31:   Ed Davis #32 of the Toronto Raptors prepares to shoot a free throw against the Indiana Pacers on October 31, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Sandford/Getty Images)
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Forward Ed Davis is reportedly headed to the talented frontcourt of the Memphis Grizzlies and will likely handle duty as the team's primary backup center. 

The third-year pro appears to be headed to Memphis after the Toronto Raptors and Grizzlies reportedly completed a trade centered around Rudy Gay. 

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported on the finalized trade:  

The reported deal has the Memphis Grizzlies sending small forward Rudy Gay and center Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors for point guard Jose Calderon, Davis and a second-round pick. 

Calderon and his expiring contract will, according to Wojnarowski, be headed to Detroit for forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. 

This is going to leave the Grizzlies with a crowded frontcourt, and Davis is going to have to impress to get on the court.

In Toronto this season, he was averaging 9.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds in 24.2 minutes per game. The 6'10", 232-pound player has picked up his scoring as of late, as he has reached double digits in scoring in 15 of his last 16 games.

In Memphis, Davis will likely assume the role as the primary backup to Marc Gasol at center. Davis is a capable rebounder, and he certainly has the athleticism to handle the duty, but the guy has to bulk up. He will be pushed around by the league's bigger center. 

He also is not much of a threat with his jumper. 

However, he will offer Memphis some nice contrast to Gasol and will give them a center that can help push the action up and down the court. 

This is going to be a big adjustment for Davis, as he is likely going to see his minutes drop and become more sporadic. How he handles this will go a long way towards determining how big of a role he ultimately plays with this team.