NBA PM: Glen Davis Excited for Fresh Start
The Orlando Magic acquired Glen Davis in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics last Friday. It didn’t take long for Davis to report to his new team because he was just two hours away in Bradenton, FL. The 25-year-old spent the offseason working out at the IMG Basketball Academy and he couldn’t be happier to stay in the area.
“It’s crazy, I was working out at IMG and now I’m in Orlando,” Davis told HOOPSWORLD. “On Wednesday, two days before, I was wearing an Orlando Magic hat. It was the offseason and I didn’t have a team so I could wear anything. I was wearing an Orlando Magic pinstriped hat and now I’m here.”
After coming off of the bench in Boston, Davis will likely have a bigger role with the Magic. He’s looking forward to expanding his game and showing what he can do when given more minutes and touches.
“I think being here is going to make me a better basketball player,” Davis said. “I think the world will truly see what Glen Davis can do and his affect on the game. I’ll be whatever they need me to be – a sidekick, under kick, back kick, front kick. I’ll do whatever they want. I’m here to win a championship.”
Davis won a championship in 2008 and hopes to change the culture in Orlando. He knows what it takes to win a title and has been groomed by potential Hall of Famers like Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. He believes the Magic have what it takes to contend in the competitive Eastern Conference.
“This team is capable of winning a championship,” Davis said. “We just have to start believing that and putting forth the championship effort. It starts in practice.”
“This is a brotherhood,” Davis added. “We have to understand that as players. If you fight, I fight. If you fall, I fall. We have to be there for each other and that’s what it’s all about – from the ball boy to the head coach. We have to be on the same page. People don’t realize how important it is to have a good spirit and have that championship feeling. I’ve experienced it. I’ve been there when we’ve won and I’ve been there when we’ve lost. I know how it feels and I know what it takes. I’m willing to sacrifice everything to bring that here.”
The drama surrounding Dwight Howard is the predominant storyline in Orlando and Davis understands that. He joked that he can keep Howard in Orlando by discussing the situation over “crumpets and tea” and admitted that he sees where Howard is coming from after talking with the superstar center.
“It is what it is,” Davis said. “Dwight’s going to make his decision on what he wants to do and how he wants to do things. If he’s here or if he’s not here, Glen Davis is here. That’s the way I approach it. We’ve talked and, from everything he’s told me, I understand where he’s coming from.”
For the time being, Davis is just happy that he doesn’t have to play against Howard.
“I’ve been playing Dwight since I was 15 years old,” Davis said. “We’ve always played against each other so being a teammate of his is great for me because I’m tired of pounding with the big guy. Now, we’re on the same team and we can both do damage.”
Davis actually landed in Orlando because of Howard. Before the lockout commenced, Howard met with Magic general manager Otis Smith and gave him a list of players he wanted to see added to the roster. Davis was one of the listed names, which is why Orlando was willing to part with Brandon Bass in their sign-and-trade with Boston. Davis had no idea that Howard had asked for him, but he was flattered.
“I didn’t know that,” Davis said with a laugh. “I had no idea, but I’m glad he wanted me to be here. It feels good to be part of an organization that feels like they need me. I’ve been playing with the Boston Celtics for a long time and they’ve got KG and guys like that so I was coming off the bench. Now, to have guys requesting that I play with them makes me feel good and I know that my hard work is paying off.”
After the Magic acquired Davis on Friday, Howard praised the move.
“I think Glen is a guy who can spread the floor at the four,” Howard said. “He can play some five and really shoot the ball well. He had a few heartbreakers against us a few years ago. He’s also a guy who can defend in the paint. Even though he’s undersized for a four or five, he can bang and handle his own under the basket. That’s good for us to have. Also, he knows how to win. He’s been on a team that has been to the Finals multiple times. He’s a great guy to have in the locker room. Me and him, we’ve been playing against each other for awhile since we were 15. Now, we’re finally on the same team.”
Last season, Davis averaged a career-high 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. This year, he should continue to increase those numbers and flourish after the change of scenery.
Hamilton Clears Waivers: Former Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton cleared waivers today and he’s expected to sign with the Chicago Bulls at some point in the next 24 hours. The Bulls are offering Hamilton a two-year deal worth $10 million, according to sources close to the situation.
Chicago had expressed interest in Jamal Crawford and Arron Afflalo last week, but they moved on once it became clear that the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets weren’t willing to facilitate a sign-and-trade.
Hamilton was waived by the Pistons last week and he had expressed interest in joining a contender. The 33-year-old butted heads with former head coach John Kuester last season and spent a large portion of the year on the Pistons’ bench. Amidst all of the off-court drama, Hamilton still managed to average 14.1 points in 55 games.
Now, the veteran is expected to join the Bulls and become the team’s starting shooting guard. Hamilton won a championship in 2004 and has been an excellent leader throughout the course of his career. Chicago was already considered a legitimate contender prior to this move, but the addition of Hamilton will certainly help them take the next step forward.
Davis Sidelined Indefinitely: Baron Davis is out indefinitely as he recovers from a bulging disc in his lower back. There is no timetable for Davis’ return and this latest setback may motivate the Cleveland Cavaliers to use the amnesty clause on the 32-year-old.
The Cavaliers have until Friday to decide whether or not they want to waive Davis. The point guard was already considered a potential amnesty cut prior to the injury so Cleveland may be ready to part ways with Davis. The veteran is expendable since the team already has a starting point guard in top draft pick Kyrie Irving and a reliable back-up in Ramon Sessions.
If Davis is designated as the team’s amnesty cut, every other team will have the opportunity to place a bid and clear him off of waivers. If he isn’t claimed by a team, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
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