Baron Davis Not Opting Out, Pistons Eye a Mega Deal

K ShakranSenior Analyst IJune 25, 2008


Baron Davis, earlier today, decided not to opt out of his contract, an inevitable decision taken by the Warriors point guard. However, that does not guarantee he'll be wearing the number five Warriors jersey next season.

Davis is frustrated at not being offered what he considers a fair extension after playing an 82-game season, the first half at arguably an All-Star level, and he could ask for a trade from the Warriors.

With that being said, according to the Contra Costa Times, Detroit Pistons' President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars, has been eyeing Davis the last few days for a possible blockbuster deal.

The only way the Warriors would accept an emphatic deal, like the one set on the table here, must involve Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace.

Dumars gave notice after losing the Eastern Conference finals that no one on his veteran-laden team would be safe, and the source said Detroit is willing to divest itself of longtime stars Wallace and Billups.

Since Wallace and Billups will combine to take home nearly $25 million in 2008-09, the Warriors would need to add more salary ballast to Davis in order to make the salary-cap numbers work.

"One possibility in that role would be forward Al Harrington. A source close to the 10th-year forward said he is currently leaning toward requesting a trade from the Warriors this summer, although he will not make a final decision until after the draft," Contra Costa Times reported.


Personal Opinion

As a Warriors long-time admirer, I would be heartbroken to see, arguably the best player in Warriors' history, leave a young team built around this franchise transformer.

Baron Davis' time has come to depart from the Warriors, unless the organization gives him his desired contract extension, which is unlikely to occur. That being said, I would love to see Davis transfer to a championship contender next year.

Davis, throughout his eight year NBA career, has not played with a true power forward or center. Playing with the likes of Chris Webber was the closest Davis has ever been to playing with a dominant power forward.

Unfortunately, Webber retired three months later.

It would be a complete lift for Boom-Dizzle to be playing with Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince. They could be the new "Big Three" of the NBA. Davis with his incredible strength, Hamilton for his sharp shooting, and Prince for his hustle plays. Not to mention that these three players possess great defensive mindsets.

In addition, I don't think Davis has experienced what "true" basketball is, under Don Nelson. Nellie ball relies on offensive explosiveness, but under any coach that might replace Flip Saunders, defense will always be a priority.

I want to see B-Diddy transfer to a team that can potentially go to a conference final on a yearly basis and I believe that team is staring him right in the beard right now.

From a passionate Warriors fan point of view, Billups and Rasheed seem to be the perfect fit for the Warriors. Billups does not need to illustrate his basketball potential. At 31-years-old, Billups can be a mentor for the "Mississippi Bullet," Monta Ellis as well.

Rasheed would most certainly embrace the Nellie system extremely well. 'Sheed shoots the three and is a solid rebounder. Consequently, Nellie will never turn down a power forward with these extraordinary characteristics.