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.
Davis spoke about the move on Twitter:
Baron Davis @BaronDavis
Thank yall for the love.. This is going to be fun ...Get to hoop again Another step in a long journey. #humbled #blessed #stillgrindingtho3/2/2016, 3:10:34 PM
The former All-Star point guard signed an NBA D-League deal on Jan. 15, per ESPN.com'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.
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