By setting their sights on "Big Baby," Brooklyn has put its pursuit of free-agent big man Jason Collins on hold, per Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
The Nets have been tied to just about every available player of late, as free-spending owner Mikhail Prokhorov continues to show that money is no object. Brooklyn acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings at the deadline for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, and it appears the team isn't done shoring up the roster for a possible playoff run.
The Nets will certainly have a tough task ahead of them, though, because Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are all intrigued with the prospect of signing Davis.
One could argue that every single one of those teams is closer to contending for a title than Brooklyn is at this time.
The 6'9" forward has plenty of postseason experience from his days in Boston, which is one of the most appealing aspects on his resume. He’s averaging 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season.
Davis’s former teammates from the Boston Celtics—Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett—now reside in Brooklyn. However, Pierce noted that they may not be able to provide the best sales pitch, per Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:
Spears also added the following:
Pierce hints that Davis may be leaning toward a reunion with his former coach, Doc Rivers, in Los Angeles. In the end, it's his decision to make, and that choice will likely depend on playing time and personal comfort rather than money. Per ESPN's Marc Stein:
Jason Kidd’s squad is clearly in the market for frontcourt depth, having lost center Brook Lopez for the season due to a broken foot. Nevertheless, numerous teams are clamoring over Davis, so he's essentially free to choose his own destination.
On top of all that, Stein is saying that the Nets don't hold an edge over the Clips in terms of offering more money, so that factor may ultimately work against them.
Signing Davis looks like a long shot for the Nets, so at least they can resort back to Collins as a Plan B.