Prior to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ed Davis, in an interview with Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, revealed he received interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, ultimately choosing the purple-and-gold over the white-and-red.
Davis said he also received serious interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, but he ultimately decided to don the purple and gold and sign with the other team that inhabits Staples Center.
“I just wanted to find the perfect situation for this upcoming season and for the future,” Davis said. “I didn’t want to take a deal just because it was more money and it might look better – I really wanted to go somewhere that had a need for me and wanted me rather than just joining a team to fill out the roster. For me, it was really just waiting it out and seeing which team had the most interest and seeing where I could go to really help the team and get a chance to play.
This isn’t revealing news. It was reported earlier in free agency by Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times that the Clippers were interested in the former Memphis Grizzlies power forward. But what Davis’ insight does give us is a timetable to the Clippers’ front office actions.
On July 16th, it was revealed that Ed Davis agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. A day later? The Clippers and Glen Davis agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.
If anything, this brings comfort knowing Glen Davis wasn’t the Clippers first option when figuring out what to do with the reserve power forward spot. Davis’ niche is offense. With the current roster build, offense is the least of their worries. Los Angeles is coming off a season where they ranked first in the NBA in offensive rating (109.4). Where they needed help was on the boards and protecting the rim–two categories Davis doesn’t fair too well in.
With one roster slot open, the Clippers still have the opportunity to address their frontcourt defensive issues. They could opt for a veteran (Emeka Okafor, Elton Brand), a youthful player (Ekpe Udoh), or someone they’ve coveted from the Development League.