Baron Davis to 76ers' D-League Affiliate: Latest Contract Details and Reaction

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIMarch 2, 2016

New York Knicks guard Baron Davis reacts during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, May 3, 2012.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Over one month after committing to play in the NBA Development League, veteran guard Baron Davis agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers' affiliate the Delaware 87ers on Wednesday. 

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, terms of the contract have not yet been released. The 87ers later confirmed the signing. 

Davis spoke about the move on Twitter:

The former All-Star point guard signed an NBA D-League deal on Jan. 15, per's Marc Stein, but he was forced to wait for a suitor after the initially interested Texas Legends decided to pass on him.

Davis has not played in an NBA contest since May 6, 2012, as a member of the New York Knicks in the playoffs against the Miami Heat. He played 25 minutes and scored two points as the Knicks won 89-87 in Game 4 of the first-round series.

The Knicks went on to lose in five games.

Davis has been contemplating a comeback for the better part of a year, but it never came to fruition. He told Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher that this is the healthiest he's felt in the last six years:

When someone asked me [when I'd make my comeback] before, I didn't want to answer. If I make it in the NBA or wind up playing overseas, I will be at peace. I know the NBA is the place for me because I have the game and now I have the confidence in my body. The last six years I was hurt and in pain and I wasn't myself. I'm moving a lot faster and better than I did then.

It is difficult to say what type of form Davis will be in after so many years away from the game, but the former first-round pick out of UCLA could excel in the D-League against far less experienced opponents.

Even if Davis' NBA comeback attempt falls short, he may prove to be a huge asset for the 87ers in terms of teaching players and helping to prepare them for the big time.

This may be as far as the 36-year-old's return plans go, but this D-League opportunity could give him a chance to prove he can be a contributing piece on a team that wants to make a playoff run.