Baron Davis Signs with New York Knicks, Officially

Sam CooperCorrespondent IIIDecember 19, 2011

CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: Baron Davis #85 of the Cleveland Cavaliers keeps the ball inbounds during the game against the Miami Heat on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks have now officially signed Baron Davis, adding another valuable piece to their backcourt. 

The Knicks have been eying Davis since he was waived via amnesty clause by the Cleveland Cavaliers last week.

The Knicks were looking to add to their backcourt and sign more players to help their current point guards Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby and rookie Iman Shumpert. 

Davis will not be available to play at the start of the season due to a bulging disc in his back that is expected to keep him out at least a month. 

Because he was given amnesty and was cleared off waivers, Davis will be able to double-dip on his salary. He will be paid $13.9 million by the Cavs and $1.4 million by the Knicks for the veterans' minimum. 

Davis played in 58 games last season, averaging 13.1 points and 6.7 assists for the Clippers and Cavaliers. He is also a two-time all-star. 

This could be a good signing for the Knicks, but whether Davis will be able to contribute and turn this club into a force that can compete with the Heat and Bulls in the east is questionable. After all, two teams in the past season in the Clippers and Cavs both just did whatever they could to get rid of him. The Clippers had to give up a first round pick, and the Cavs ate his salary. 

When Davis is sharp, he is still a force.

He can be fantastic in transition and has an amazing court sense, which should fit with Mike D’Antoni’s system. But, he has a long history of injuries and questionable conditioning. His focus comes and goes from game to game. He loves to, often times, take ill-advised shots early in the clock. And his defense may not make the Knicks better. 

But, with that being said, he will be a great contributor to the team if he is healthy. If Davis stays healthy in time for a playoff run and is engaged like he was with Golden State a few years ago, then he could make the Knicks an even more dangerous team come playoff time.

But that is a big "if."