Glen Davis Is Gone, Baby, Gone!

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIMay 23, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 04:  Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics makes the steal after Rafer Ashton #1 of the Orlando Magic loses the ball in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 4, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)

For the past two years at least one of the Boston Celtics role players have thrust themselves on the national scene. A shining moment in a crucial playoff game, and voila! Everybody knows their name. 

Last year it was Leon Powe, who gave the Lakers fits in Game Two.  It prompted Phil Jackson to derisively acknowledge the Celtics second-round pick.

This year was supposed to be his coming out party, but injuries derailed his playoff journey. 

Not too long ago Glen Davis was just another role player on the Boston Celtics doing his job. From the beginning, he was very quotable and became known as a fun loving youngster. 

The Celtics then lost Garnett and he was asked to carry on with the brotherhood.

Big Baby then graduated to the "Ticket Stub" and showed what increased playing time could do for him. 

Placed in the starting lineup Davis quickly produced, he went from averaging 7 PPG to 15 PPG in the playoffs. 

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Glen has nimble feet for a big man. 

When I watch him make his move, all I can think of is the hippo in the movie Fantasia.  The hippo is dressed as a ballerina making ballet moves. 

That is Davis in a nutshell.  A man with his girth should not possess such grace on the court.

Davis has accomplished what few players, much less one chosen in the second round do.  He played a bit role on a championship team and, in a contract year, started in the playoffs and performed well.

He is a restricted free agent and the Celtics have a decision to make. Is he worth the full mid-level extension or should they do a sign and trade.

At 6'8" Davis is a "'tweener," he is too slow to play small forward, and his lack of height hurts him at the four. 

He has no vertical leap to speak off. Yet he has found his niche by developing a 17-foot jump-shot. 

Boston thinks the big three will have recovered from their injuries by the start of training camp.

The Celtics need help at the four and three spot, and they are looking for bench help, not starters.

Here are some of the free-agents the Celtics might take a look at:

Unrestricted: Channing Frye, Jamal Crawford (can opt out of his contract), and Kyle Korver.

Restricted: Josh Childress, Charlie Villanueva, Francisco Garcia, and Jamario Moon.

They are realistically in the Celtics' price range.  But if the Celtics want to make a significant upgrade to their bench a sign and trade could prove to be a better option. 

Davis' contract situation can potentially give them a KG-like impact with a sign and trade.  The Lakers and the Celtics can make this happen. This can actually benefit both teams. 

LA is not happy with Lamar Odom, and he will be in his last year of his contract next year.  Baby gives the Lakers a third-year player with championship experience as well as someone who relishes the pressures of the playoffs.

Odom gives the Celtics a James Posey-like player with more length and athleticism. He is 6'10" and can play three positions.  The Celtics get a veteran player and a perfect fit for Doc Rivers' ubuntu system. 

No one wants to see Davis go, and I am sure I will receive comments saying this. I believe it is in the best interest of the team to make this trade happen.

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