The Los Angeles Clippers bringing in Glen “Big Baby Davis after the forward was waived by the Orlando Magic was one of the most sensible moves of the 2013-14 NBA season. Davis added a solid frontcourt option to a team that desperately needed depth in that area, particularly players that could play minutes and actually contribute.
Coming off of the bench in 19 games for the Clippers, Davis hasn’t been wildly productive. In a paltry 12.3 minutes per game, Davis has put up only 3.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 steals per game, though he has shot a solid 50.9 percent. It might not wow you, but Davis’ minutes off of the bench have greatly benefitted the Clippers as they look towards the postseason.
Taking a look into next season, though, it doesn’t appear that Davis will be coming back. L.A. signed the forward to a two-year contract to bring him in, but there’s a player option for the second year of his contract and Davis would only be making the league minimum. According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, that’s likely not a deal that Big Baby will want to opt-in for.
Washburn brought up the recent incident between Davis and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers where Rivers had Davis escorted to the locker room after Davis had a verbal outburst from the bench. However, that’s somewhat of an expected thing with Big Baby that Rivers is more than familiar with. The more likely reason that Davis will leave L.A. is that he could almost surely make more money on the open market.
While Davis is likely to be a key figure for the Clippers in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, that’s likely going to be the extent of his impact. Sure, Davis could opt-out and then sign for more money with L.A., but that’s far from a formality. Whatever the case, don’t expect Davis to be playing under the same contract next year.