Lob City already has the high-flying athletes worthy of their catchy nickname. Now they have Glen Davis to bang bodies in the paint off the bench too.
As Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times first reported, Glen “Big Baby” Davis will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $1.2 million. Davis opted out of his contract last month, leaving $1.4 million on the table in the hopes free agency would bring him a better offer.
Unfortunately for Davis, it appears not many teams were interested in a Big Baby who throws motel lobby tantrums, and now the seven-year veteran will return to the Clippers for slightly less money.
With only Ryan Hollins and Davis to back up Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan off the bench, the Clippers were in need of a quality backup big this offseason and they got one when they signed Spencer Hawes to a four-year, $23 million deal. But Hawes is more of an offensive addition whose value comes from his ability to spread the floor and knock down perimeter looks.
If my math is right, Clippers can now only sign ONE more player. Just $1.15 million below tax apron of $80.8M with 12 players under contract
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2014
Re-signing Davis means the Clippers will have a physical presence in the paint. Though he’s short for his position at 6’9″, no one can say Big Baby is undersized. According to Turner, Davis also plans on rejoining Lob City in the best shape of his life so he can actually make an impact for the Clippers this year, unlike last season when he averaged only 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 23 appearances.
Davis’ tenure with the Clippers last year was a short, but rocky one. In his best season with the Orlando Magic, Big Baby averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and in 45 games with the Magic as recently as last season, Davis put up 12.1 points and 6.3 boards per game. But in Los Angeles, he was woefully out of shape and never had much of an impact off the bench.
Coach Doc Rivers even sent him to the locker room in the second quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets when Davis exchanged some words with his head coach after Rivers pulled him out of the game. However, Davis and Rivers go back to their days together with the Boston Celtics and they won a championship together in 2008.
This is a great value signing if Davis is able to stay in shape and be productive off the bench.