The trade deadline has come and gone without the Los Angeles Clippers making any noise, but a move currently in the works could change the Clippers’ trajectory for the current and future seasons. “Big Baby” Glen Davis was bought out of his current contract by the Orlando Magic giving him the opportunity to sign with a contending team.
The Clippers have become the front-runners in the Big Baby sweepstakes in large part due to Davis’ relationship with head coach Doc Rivers. Davis flourished under Rivers in Boston where the two won a championship together and brought the franchise up from obscurity with the help of the original Big 3.
Los Angeles continued to show its weaknesses inside when the team lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 102-96 on the road Friday. Chris Paul was unable to lead his team to victory even with 18 points, 14 assists and six rebounds. Blake Griffin had 28 points and 13 rebounds in the game, but has been starving for some help recently in the paint.
The Clippers made it clear they wanted to make a move near the trade deadline, so why the hesitation in signing Big Baby who is a nice complement to the current roster? The Clippers are a solid squad as currently constructed, but need a piece or two to become legitimate championship contenders and Davis could be one of the last pieces to the puzzle in Los Angeles. Davis provides toughness the team currently lacks and the ability to bang inside with the league’s best.
This is one of those scenarios where both parties need each other to find future success. Davis’ career has fizzled to a certain extent without Rivers, and the Clippers need another legitimate scorer to provide depth in the city of stars. With the addition of Davis, the Clippers would vault to the top of the championship contenders list and be primed for deep playoff run. If the team does not sign Davis, the Clippers will be just another team that was good, but not legendary.
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