Baron Davis Is a Clipper

Michael McGowanSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 2008

There are many reports out there indicating that Baron Davis has signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the LA Clippers. Baron recently opted out of his contract in Golden State where he was being paid $17.8 million this year. 

The Clippers had two stars opt out yesterday, freeing up space for them to go out and sign a free agent. Corey Maggette and Elton Brand both opted out, but Elton Brand had a plan in mind. 

The Clippers will sign Baron Davis first, then bring back Elton Brand even though they will be at the cap. Brand is allowed to be signed while going over the salary cap because he is returning to his same team.

To make this final, the Clippers will first renounce their rights to Corey Maggette, then they will have to wait until July 9 when players are allowed to be signed.  Brand will then be signed after. Nothing is official with Brand.  

In years prior, the Clippers have struck out with Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant. Now they are looking to add not only a top point guard in the league when healthy, but they are getting back a healthy power forward who can be tops at his position. 

The lineup for the Clippers could look like this next year before they add a veteran or two with veteran exceptions or a player at the mid-level exception.  Players will most likely be encouraged to join Davis and Brand and try and win the West and take less money in the process.

Here is the lineup:

G Baron Davis

G Cuttino Mobley

F Al Thornton

F Elton Brand

C Chris Kaman

Bench—Tim Thomas, Brevin Knight, and Rookies DeAndre Jordan and Eric Gordon.  Gordon should be starting for Mobley, not sure how long he would be on the bench. 

This is a huge splash on the first day of free agency. Look for the Clippers to be busy trying to spend the exceptions wisely and bringing back a couple of their own free agents for minimum contracts.

Brand was being chased by Philadelphia with many sites reporting that GM Ed Stefanski placed a call to Brand at midnight on the first night of Free Agency.