In non-small forward news, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports the Clippers are interested in unrestricted free agent Ed Davis.
Clippers also interested in free agent Ed Davis, sources
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 1, 2014
Traded from the Toronto Raptors as an asset in the Rudy Gay trade, Davis never made his impact felt on Memphis Grizzlies as management pushed the young forward as the heir to Zach Randolph‘s thrown. That didn’t work out well for the organization, Randolph is still there and will be a Grizzly for the next three seasons, nor did it work for Davis as the franchise opted out of the opportunity to make Davis a restricted free agent.
Even in a system that emphasized post play, Davis remained a spotty rotation player, but in Los Angeles, Davis would be in a better position to make an impact. Unlike any reserve power forward on the Clippers roster last season, Davis’ niche is make on defense as he excelled at protecting the rim and blocking shots. Offensively he lacks the proper jump shot to spread the floor, but he’s proven to be a viable pick-and-roll threat (scored 1.26 points-per-play as the pick-and-roll man according to Synergy). Free-throws are still an issue, shooting at a 59 percent clip from the line in his career, but he’s shown little improvement as he plays.
In two seasons with Memphis, Davis averaged 5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks.
As of now, no other team has been reported to have interest in the fourth year power forward.