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With the Draft and the majority of blockbuster trades behind us, a question still looms concerning the Celtics. A question that, at the moment, I don't want to answer: Will we re-sign Glen Davis?
Davis' last words of solid encouragement (I mean statements that suggested that Davis was surely going to return to the Celtics) to the fans dates back to...well, I won't say it just to save you a trip to the ER.
Davis implied that he'd love to come back to Boston and play off the bench just recently, but like other times when he's talked to the reporters, he's also strongly implied that he's "curious," and would like to look around the market to see what he can get.
And let me tell you folks, this big baby is going to get a monstrous contract. Not just big, because I know you were expecting me to say that.
Teams with young players like the Thunder possess of raw talent and would like to know that they have a future All-Star big man down low...no matter how small.
Despite the fact that Davis is merely 6-foot-9, he compensates as he is a hefty 289 pounds. He also averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the playoffs, in which he substituted for the injured Kevin Garnett. I'm sure OKC would enjoy a slice of him.
You might as well call Davis a bull of a basketball player. The budding power forward is capable of slowing down massive centers such as Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard.
Now, understand me when I say "slow down." I'm obviously not saying Davis could completely shut down the two All-Stars, but with help (like Perkins or Garnett), the "Ticket Stub" can surprise most people when facing up against guys like O'Neal and Howard.
The fact that Davis will be satisfied in any basketball city scares me. Read what he has to say:
"I'll be very excited to come back to the Celtics or go to a team where I might start. Wherever I'm at, I'll be happy.''
And believe me, Davis truly does mean "anywhere." The big man would be happy on a contender where he is a factor off the bench, but he is also looking to start if he happens to land on a team that may be a touch below the "contender" category.
So that means teams like the Kings, the Grizzles (although that's quite a stretch), and the Warriors are all in consideration. That's not a good thing.
Teams like the Kings, Grizzles, or Warriors may be an undesirable destination for most free agents (of course, those only playing for money would book a flight to any one of those cities in a heartbeat), but for Davis, shockingly, they still may be a valid competitor in the "race for baby," as I like to call it. Here's why.
The Kings, although being notoriously seen as the laughingstock of basketball (yes, basketball, not just the NBA), would take a step forward by acquiring Davis.
They have good young big men on their roster, some being Spencer Hawes, Donte Green, and Jason Thompson. Sacramento MUST add one more young big guy to that list, and what do you know, Glen Davis is a perfect match.
He would compliment Hawes especially as his outside game could be another passing option for the skilled Hawes down low when he finds trouble shaking free of defenders.
Both Thompson and Green are very athletic, and I find that Davis, when paired with one of those two, could become part of a dangerous open court game.
The Grizzles have many guys tradable on their roster that could bring in some fresh blood. Rudy Gay (although he's one of those tradable players), an explosive small forward, would help Davis immensely when trying to find an open shot.
Gay would compliment Davis in so many aspects of the game, especially when Davis is trying to get open.
Gay will soon be drawing constant double and maybe even triple-teams, and it would be deadly for the other team if Davis could sneak down low for the easy two or creep out for a wide open jumper.
The Warriors would be able to offer Davis an enormous amount of cash, as well as giving him the opportunity to become an offensive player no one had predicted when seeing him the first time as an NBAer.
He would flourish under Don Nelson, the offensive mastermind that is partly running the Golden State Warriors team. With the new backcourt of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, an addition of Davis would basically make them the second coming of the 2005 Phoenix Suns...only Amar'e Stoudemire's role would be played by a noticeably smaller player.
Davis sure does love to play defense, which all three of these teams scarcely seem to focus on. He's followed in his hero's footsteps, Kevin Garnett, to become an undeniably intense defender.
I'm sure he'd be extremely disappointed to find that these teams don't thrive as much on defense as the Celtics do.
Every Boston Celtics fan that is existing on the face of this Earth would give anything to see Glen Davis come back.
Hopefully, he'll realize the support he has under him in Boston from both the fans, coaches and players, and return to blossom as one of the league's best.