Glen Davis Signs with Los Angeles Clippers

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 23, 2014

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The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly will acquire forward Glen Davis when he hits the open market on Sunday following his contract buyout departure from the Orlando Magic.    

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported the news, and NBA.com's David Aldridge confirmed it through a source, noting that Davis will be eligible to sign when he clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET:

ESPN's Arash Markazi provided insight into when precisely Davis would join his new team:

The Clippers confirmed the deal on their Twitter account on Monday:

Davis has had issues in terms of dealing with his temperament, exuding volatile antics at times and creating controversy. His most notable outburst came when he couldn't get a room in a Travelodge, where Davis threw the front-desk keyboard across the motel lobby, per TMZ.com.

However, ex-Magic teammate Jameer Nelson had positive things to say about Davis as he departed and expressed what Orlando would miss in lieu of his presence, as reported by ESPN.com:

My time here with Glen has been great. He's a great teammate, and despite what other people think of him, I think he's a great guy and I just wish him the best of luck. I'm not sure what it means for our team in terms of roles or anything like that. But he did bring a toughness and was definitely a big part of our defense in terms of being a defensive presence and being there for guys. Somebody has to step up and fill that role.

What should help Davis in any event is that he's headed to a legitimate Western Conference contender, returning to a new, winning environment that he became accustomed to at the start of his career with the Boston Celtics.

Zach Lowe of Grantland commented on Davis' potential role with the Clippers—provided he remains levelheaded:

The coach in Los Angeles is Doc Rivers, who held the same position with the Celtics when Davis first entered the NBA. That reunion is logical in that Davis can potentially right the ship from a personal standpoint and thrive as a contributor to a better, winning squad.

Davis' level of play has generally been high despite being on one of the worst teams in the league, as he's averaged strong numbers in points (12.1) and rebounds (6.3). That should give the Clippers a substantial boost off the bench, as they struggle with depth in the frontcourt behind All-Star Blake Griffin and formidable center DeAndre Jordan.

Another positive about Davis is that he has a solid mid-range shooting game, something neither Griffin nor Jordan possesses. That should help with spacing and make the Clippers' offense more versatile and dynamic, giving superstar point guard Chris Paul even more creative latitude in distributing to his strong supporting cast.


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