5 Glen Davis Trades That Help Orlando Magic
Problem is, Davis may not age all that well. He's been over 300 pounds since he's been in the eighth grade, and that's an awful lot of weight for a basketball player to carry. Davis is making strides in that department, though, and here's what he told Magic.com about his current health situation:
"This time it’s consistent (with the weight loss). There have been times when I’ve lost a lot of weight, but I’d just gain it right back. But as far as consistently staying at this weight and staying down, it’s been since the eighth grade when I was this thin.’’
Right now, it sounds like Davis may be at his peak. He's fully healthy once again, and his skill set is as refined as it has ever been. At 28 years old, this could be the best version of Davis we've seen.
That presents a problem for the Orlando Magic, a team that collectively is nowhere near its peak. The Magic are rebuilding and have plenty of young frontcourt players to give playing time to. Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson should be playing close to starter's minutes for the rest of the year, and that will be difficult to accomplish with Davis in the picture.
With the frontcourt finally at full strength, now might be the best time for Orlando to explore trades for Big Baby and try to acquire assets that can help down the line, even if that means taking a step back now.
The Trade: Detroit Pistons receive Glen Davis (2 years, $13 million) and a 2015 second-round pick. Orlando Magic receive Charlie Villanueva (1 year, $8.5 million) and a 2016 lottery protected first-round pick.
Why Orlando Does It: You have to imagine that Davis would be available for virtually any future first-round pick. That's probably especially true for Detroit, a team that is working with a mismatched frontcourt.
It's very well possible that Detroit is a team that hangs in the lottery for a few more years, and Orlando would likely jump at the chance to receive a pick and a little cap space a year earlier than planned. It's an added bonus that Villanueva wouldn't have to play, as well.
Why Detroit Does It: If the Pistons want to shop Greg Monroe or not bring him back on a max-deal in restricted free agency this offseason, acquiring some insurance would make some sense. Davis is the type of scorer who could work well next to Andre Drummond, and he's thrived in the past coming off the bench.
Villanueva's expiring contract is an asset, but this may be a good deal if help on the wing isn't available. Trading a draft pick isn't ideal, but the protection would lessen the blow. This is a move that could help push Detroit to a higher seed in the playoffs, which might be a clear objective for GM Joe Dumars right now.
The Trade: Brooklyn Nets receive PF Glen Davis (2 years, $13 million). Orlando Magic receive PF Mirza Teletovic (2 years, $6.5 million), PF Mason Plumlee (4 years, $6.3 million), PG Tyshawn Taylor (1 year, $877,782) and a 2018 second-round pick.
Why Orlando Does It: The Magic are still rebuilding, and there's a good chance that Mason Plumlee turns into a very valuable rotation player down the line. Plumlee has a lot of athleticism and size, and Teletovic is a decent gamble as a stretch 4 who can bring a slightly different element to Orlando's frontcourt.
Although Orlando would likely prefer a first-round pick for Davis, getting two players on rookie-scale deals isn't a bad haul.
Why Brooklyn Does It: The Nets are very clearly in "win-now" mode, and with the season-ending injury to Brook Lopez, there's a big hole in the frontcourt to fill. Davis wouldn't help a whole lot defensively, but offensively he could give the Nets a real boost and help lead the second unit with his scoring.
It doesn't hurt that Davis has experience next to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, either. Perhaps that would help the chemistry a bit and give the frontcourt a different type of scorer in Lopez's absence. The Nets will be hard pressed to upgrade any position without sacrificing even more draft picks, but this would qualify as a move that would help right away for a relatively cheap cost.
The Trade: Washington Wizards receive PF Glen Davis (2 years, $13 million) and PG E'Twaun Moore (1 year, $884,293). Orlando Magic receive PF Jan Vesely (1 year, $3.3 million), PF/C Kevin Seraphin (1 year, $2.7 million), PG Eric Maynor (1 year, $2 million) and a 2016 lottery protected first-round pick.
Why Orlando Does It: Receiving a first-round pick for Davis would be a big win, particularly from a franchise that's been as consistently bad as the Wizards have. Although the future looks bright with John Wall at the helm, getting that pick would still be a steal.
Although it's unlikely Vesely or Maynor would stay on past this season, perhaps Seraphin could be a part of the future in Orlando. He's a very skilled big man, and maybe a change of scenery would do him some good. Still, this would be all about the draft pick.
Why Washington Does It: Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld is on the hot seat, and finding ways to improve the frontcourt depth is incredibly important.
Nene and Marcin Gortat can both handle center duties with their size, so Davis could slide in nicely as a third big man that could find his own shot and clean up a lot of the trash around the rim. If Washington is serious about being a playoff contender, upgrading the bench should be a priority. Acquiring Davis would be a nice start.
The Trade: Minnesota Timberwolves receive PF Glen Davis (2 years, $13 million). Orlando Magic receive SG Alexey Shved (2 years, $6.4 million) and SF Shabazz Muhammad (4 years, $8.7 million).
Why Orlando Does It: The Magic could use another young wing to add to their core, and Shabazz Muhammad has plenty of potential. Acquiring a player with so much time left on his rookie deal has to be appealing to Magic GM Rob Hennigan, and adding a wing scorer is a need at this point given the talents of the rest of Orlando's young pieces.
Muhammad could be used much in the same way Arron Afflalo is as a post-up guard who operates from the elbow and spots up in the corner. This could be a great fit. Shved has some potential to explore as well.
Why Minnesota Does It: Giving up on Muhammad this early would be painful, but the Timberwolves have playoff aspirations and a need for scoring in the second unit. The Timberwolves made their path clear when they traded Derrick Williams for Luc Mbah a Moute. This is a team that wants to win now, and may feel the need to add veterans to do so.
Davis might be an odd fit with the rest of Minnesota's roster, but he's a proven player with playoff experience that could help the Wolves in a tight Western Conference race.
The Trade: Charlotte Bobcats receive PF Glen Davis (2 years, $13 million) and SG Arron Afflalo (3 years, $22.5 million). Orlando Magic receive SG Ben Gordon (1 year, $13.2 million), a 2014 first-round pick (via Portland) and a 2016 top-eight protected first-round pick.
Why Orlando Does It: To tank! Trading Afflalo would be waving the white flag on the season and gunning for more lottery balls, but it would also clear more minutes for the young guys on Orlando's roster and move Victor Oladipo to a full-time starter at shooting guard.
This move would also clear up plenty of cap space much earlier than planned, which would allow Orlando to be a major player in free agency this offseason.
Why Charlotte Does It: The Bobcats may be willing to move a few draft picks for current talent, as they've quietly been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference so far this year. Adding a very good two-way shooting guard like Afflalo could make Charlotte a dangerous team. The three-point shooting Afflalo brings would be huge, and all things told he's on a very fair salary.
Adding Davis to share time with Josh McRoberts at the 4 makes a lot of sense as well. This could be Charlotte's best path to acquiring talent, and it's important to remember that neither draft pick will be a top pick. Attracting big free agents may be difficult as well, and Michael Jordan may be tired of being patient.