Despite his dismal playoff performance (4.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 39.1 percent shooting in 21.2 minutes per game), the Celtics would likely welcome back Big Baby Davis. He buys fully into Doc Rivers' system and provides some much needed hustle for the veteran team. Since Doc signed a five-year extension, the Celtics organization are clearly committed to his style of play and Davis understands that just as well as the Big Four.
With Kevin Garnett's contract expiring after the 2011-2012 season, the Celtics may be in need of a new starting power forward if the Big Ticket retires and Davis could certainly fill that role. A nucleus of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and Glen Davis is a solid one, maybe not a championship contender but certainly a playoff team, and if they can possibly sign Dwight Howard next summer, then the makings of another Boston dynasty will be in place.
Though Davis was in a bit of a slump for the latter part of the season and the playoffs, he was a Sixth Man of the Year contender for the better part of the year and was always willing to draw charge and play tough, physical defense even if he was overmatched. He's also not afraid to step up to a challenge, look at his performance in the 2009 postseason when KG was injured.
He played 36 minutes a night and averaged 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field as the Celtics came up one game short of the Eastern Conference Finals.
If he can put up those kinds of offensive numbers along with his improved defense and rebounding, he could certainly fill the impending void at the four spot the C's.
Davis has expressed his desire to remain in Boston, and even with rookie JaJuan Johnson set to take some spot minutes in the frontcourt, the Celtics should still look to make some sort of offer to Davis as long as his asking price isn't excessive. Johnson has a ton of potential, but he's not going to be able to contribute 20+ quality minutes a night.
Unless the team is going to try to sign a player like Carl Landry, Davis really is the best option. The back up power forward spot is simply too important for the Celts next season for them to risk coming out of the offseason with a sub-par reserve and one talented rookie.
Baby's ego hasn't been a huge issue during his time in Boston, so hopefully he won't jump at the highest paying offer. If the Celtics can keep Davis without really hurting their cap space for the 2012 offseason, he's certainly worth making an offer to.