Boston Celtics Trade Glen Davis to Conference Rival

Mike MehtaContributor IIDecember 9, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics controls a rebound against the New York Knicks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Celtics won 101-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Glen "Big Baby" Davis will no longer wear Celtics green.  The Celtics executed a sign-and-trade deal with Davis in return for power forward Brandon Bass from the Orlando Magic.

Davis has fallen out of favor with the Celtics organization due to his immaturity and inconsistent play at times.  Big Baby proved that he has the talent to be a reliable player on the court when he wants to be.  

He averaged a career high in points and rebounds last season, 11.7 and 5.5, respectively.  He played in 78 games and earned 13 starts.  However, during the playoffs, he only mustered 4.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg.  

Davis was instrumental during the '08-'09 playoffs in which Kevin Garnett was injured, averaging 15.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg.  It seemed apparent that it was time for both sides to move on.

Arriving from Orlando is big man (6'8'') Brandon Bass.  He is very physical and more athletic than Davis.  Both players were teammates at LSU during the 2004-05 season and feature many of the same talents.  

Bass, similar to Davis, has the capability of stepping away from the basket and hitting a mid-range jumper.  Last season in Orlando, Bass averaged a career high 11.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg in 76 games while starting 51 games.

This acquisition for the Celtics maintains their current dept of bigs—or lack there of.  As it stands, Boston's roster features only Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal, Brandon Bass and rookie JaJuan Johnson as its big men.