If this summer’s free agency hasn’t been enough, an NBA relic has been working out, getting in shape and is now ready to pursue his NBA comeback–Baron Davis.
A 13-year league veteran, Davis hasn’t seen any NBA hardwood action since suffering a torn ACL and MCL in the 2012 NBA Playoffs while with playing point guard for the New York Knicks.
You may remember Baron’s funny videos about his journey back to the NBA, all of which first appeared on Inside the NBA.
Reggie Miller, Grant Hill, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Yao Ming, and Steve Nash were a few of the current and former players who appeared in the videos documenting Davis’ comeback. One of which also featured Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
“You want to play basketball again?” a surprised Rivers asked Davis.”When they told me Baron Davis wanted to talk to me, I figured you wanted to make a donation to the foundation”, Rivers continued. Upon which Davis responded “I am the donation to the foundation. You signing me is the donation.”
Davis has always been an entertaining person around the league, however, this time he’s not interested in being the subject of laughter.
It’s ironic that part of Davis’ last stint with the Clippers resulted in being heckled by estranged Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling is currently in a California court battling to not lose ownership of the franchise. In his last season with the Clippers, Davis averaged 13 points and 7 assists before being dealt in a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon.
The Cavaliers would eventually waive Davis, using their amnesty provision, making Baron an unrestricted free agent. He’d then sign with the New York Knicks to appear in 29 games, only averaging 6 and 5 assists, well below his career average of 16 points and 7 assists.
It’s unclear what Davis can still contribute. He’s a former two-time All-Star who recently turned 35 years old in April. With the Clippers loaded at the point guard spot after adding former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar it’s up in the air what Davis could bring to the reigning Pacific Division champion Clippers team.
The Warriors are also on Davis’ list of teams he’s interested in playing for.