Along with Darren Collison and Danny Granger, Glen Davis decided to opt out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in late June. Unlike Collison and Granger, though, Big Baby reportedly has re-signed with the team.
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times provided the news Thursday:
Glen Davis will return to Clippers, per source.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 17, 2014
Davis agreed to a 1-year, veteran minimum deal of $1.2 million, sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 17, 2014
Davis averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds last season. However, he was far more productive for the Orlando Magic than he was for the Clippers after being traded to the team in February.
He also averaged just 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in a meager 12.2 minutes per game during the postseason.
Clearly, the Clippers were a deeper team than the Magic and didn't require Davis to play as important a role on the team. But Davis' time on the team wasn't without controversy, either. In late March, head coach Doc Rivers had Davis escorted from LA's bench during a game against the Houston Rockets after the two exchanged words.
Generally speaking, however, Davis gave the Clippers another big body off the bench who could bang on the boards. He's also a veteran presence who has been in his share of postseason wars, so he's a nice asset for a team that should be in the mix to win a title next year.
With Rivers and Davis clearly okay after the March incident, as well, Davis should be a positive presence in the locker room, not a negative one.
For a roster that already boasts elite talent like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Davis re-signing is a savvy move that will provide added depth as well as continuity. The Clippers will make a serious push this season, and Davis is sure to have an impact.