May 15, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis (0) reacts during the first half in game six of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2014: Clippers to re-sign Glen Davis

First reported by Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent Glen Davis.

Considering the date of this signing, it’s safe to assume that Glen Davis wasn’t Doc Rivers‘ first option at power forward. With majority free agent money spent on both Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar, the Clippers were left with little room to acquire meaningful talent, having to resort to the veteran’s minimum to continue filling out the roster.

All-in-all, bringing back Glen Davis at the minimum isn’t a bad deal. Brought along after agreeing to a buyout with the Orlando Magic, Davis appeared in 23 regular season games with the Clippers, averaging 4.2 points on 48 percent shooting along with 3.0 rebounds per game. Due to an absence of talent behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Davis immediately became the Clippers third best big man off the bench. Knowing Rivers’ system from his days at Boston, it took Davis no time to adjust to the defense, but his inability to protect the rim did little for the Clippers’ defensive woes.

Looking at the market, it’s difficult to tell whether the Clippers settled on Griffin or if the available free agents are seeking more money, something the Clippers don’t have available. Yesterday the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were able to respectively sign Jeff Adrien and Ed Davis for the minimum, two players whose strengths fit the Clippers’ weakness: rim protection (Davis) and rebounding (Adrien). Defensive-minded veterans Emeka Okafor, Elton Brand, and Kenyon Martin are currently available as well as former lottery pick in Ekpe Udoh.

But now in the role of the fourth big, the Glen Davis experiment should work out better this time.

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