Updates from Sunday, Feb. 23
The Orlando Magic and forward Glen Davis reached an agreement on a contract buyout, and Davis will leave the team on Friday morning.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported the news on Thursday:
SheridanHoops.com's Michael Scotto cited a source who said the Brooklyn Nets would be interested in Davis once he hits the open market:
Sam Amick of USA Today reported that Davis was on the block leading up to Thursday's trade deadline, but a deal couldn't be struck:
Davis had served as a starter when he's been healthy for Orlando in the past two seasons, but he wasn't the type of power forward the Magic were paying $25.7 million over four years, via Spotrac.com. The 6'9" big man had missed a slew of games in recent seasons and isn't consistently reliable as a surefire member of a championship-caliber core.
Nevertheless, the 28-year-old veteran brings plenty of experience and should be a rather prized commodity among contenders as a role player.
But word is that Davis' departure has to do with younger members of the current Magic squad receiving priority in the rotation for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. A volatile temperament also caused a falling-out of sorts between Davis and the Magic, per Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:
It makes sense that Orlando's front office is trying to cut costs and rebuild in any way possible—especially with a loaded 2014 NBA draft on the horizon. The Magic finished a league-worst 20-62 last season and have won just 16 games this year.
Schmitz provided further insight into Davis' temper issues, which are partially due to how poorly the team has performed:
In November, Davis went on a tirade at a Florida Travelodge when he couldn't get access to a room, according to TMZ.com. He apologized for his behavior on Twitter:
While losing can't be fun for a true competitor, Davis isn't helping matters by having immature outbursts, which has evidently driven down locker room morale and made for an uncomfortable situation. Concerns have to be prominent with regard to how Davis will mesh with a new squad this season.
The Magic do have a bright future if they manage to hold onto promising shooting guard Arron Afflalo. In addition to Afflalo, they have rookie No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo, standout center Nikola Vucevic and swingman Tobias Harris to go with whatever blue-chip player comes out of the impending draft.
General manager Rob Hennigan's rebuilding project is still a work in progress, but this move to negotiate a buyout with Davis is a savvy one that opens up cap space and gives Orlando more flexibility for the future. It also helps Davis as he looks to move on to a more promising situation as part of a better overall team—something he grew accustomed to in his early playing days with the Boston Celtics.