According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Clippers have an embedded interest to re-sign reserve forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Clippers remain interested in resigning Glen Davis. His reps have talked with Clippers, sources.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 1, 2014
I… can’t say I’m a fan of the reported interest between the two parties, but it all comes down to how Doc Rivers will want to approach a possible re-sign. Does Rivers go into free agency immediately tackling this issue, allowing Davis to return as the third best big man off the bench? If so, then I can’t see how this is a good move in any way. But if Rivers wants to make Davis the fourth or fifth best big on the bench for the veterans’ minimum, it’s a good deal.
The Clippers have issues that were exposed in the playoffs last season and re-signing Davis doesn’t truly solve any of them.
Does he improve the perimeter defense? Nope. Does he improve the rim protection? Nope. Rebounding? So-so. The ability to create shots on the perimeter? Nope. The one thing Davis did well during his brief tenure as a clippers was defend the pick-and-roll. Was he Joakim Noah good? Of course not, but compared to everyone else he did a well enough job where he deserves to be complimented for his efforts. For a stout guy, Davis was able to move his feet quicker than many expected. And thanks to his knowledge of Doc Rivers‘ system, he was able to seamlessly make an impact after being waved by the Orlando Magic following the trade deadline.
The pool for forward is pretty deep this season. The Clippers don’t have the assets of finances to acquire a Greg Monroe, Chris Bosh, or Pau Gasol, but when it comes to the Josh McRoberts‘ of the world, a move could be made in that tier to improve the reserve frontcourt.
This isn’t to say Glen Davis can’t remain effective in the third-big role, but if the goal of the Clippers is to win a championships, this is the wrong way to go about it.