Former Pistons beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely, who now covers the Boston Celtics, writes that Boston is intent on re-signing free agent big man Glen “Big Baby” Davis, but that their biggest competition might come from the Detroit Pistons.
For starters, Davis is an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team he wants to. One of Boston’s biggest challengers for Davis will be Detroit, a team that has coveted Davis for a number of years.
And the Pistons may be willing to offer Davis the full mid-level exception which is worth $5 million in the yet-to-be-ratified new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Celtics have Davis’ Bird Rights which would allow them to exceed the salary cap to re-sign him.
I’m not too excited about the idea of Davis joining an already lackluster Pistons frontcourt. He reminds me of Jason Maxiell, a player who is only useful when he can be paired next to a dominating interior presence. Davis gets to play alongside the ferocious Kevin Garnett while Maxiell’s best years in Motown were playing alongside Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace.
The fact is, Davis shoots a low percentage, is a mediocre rebounder and can’t block shots. He’s also undersized to play the power forward / center spots. If I had to choose between Maxiell and Davis, I’d take Maxiell and hope that a new coach and a new system can reinvigorate Maxiell’s game. And as the Maxiell contract has proved to be a mini-disaster for the Pistons the past few years, I certainly wouldn’t want to commit to four years and more than $20 million it would take to sign Davis to the full mid-level exception.