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Report: Glen Davis committing to Clippers, Nets to then sign Jason Collins

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Glen Davis has chosen his old coach over his old teammate.

Well, that’s not the whole story. It appears Davis will choose the Los Angeles Clippers as his next destination, a spot where he moves to a team on the cusp of contending (how close is up for debate) where they are in desperate need of quality big men off the bench.

His move clears the way for Jason Collins to sign later on Sunday with the Nets, making him the first openly gay player in one of the big four American team sports.

Davis has been bought out by the Orlando Magic and is expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. Eastern, at which time he becomes a free agent. A few teams were targeting him, including the Brooklyn Nets who are led by former Davis teammate in Boston Kevin Garnett. KG was the guy making the pitch.

But Davis is heading West, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (and confirmed by multiple other reports).

This shouldn’t be a shock. Davis had said playing time and quality of team would be the deciding factors. The Clippers have a very good starting front line of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but after that they turn to Ryan Hollins for depth. Davis will instantly become the third best big on the Clippers — he averaged 12 points and 6.3 rebounds a game with Orlando, and Davis is a solid big — and he will get about as much run as he can handle. As for contending, the Clippers are flawed but much closer to the elite in the West than the Nets are to the elite in the East.

Brooklyn worked out Jason Collins before but put their pursuit of him on hold when Davis was bought out. If — and apparently now when — Davis chooses Los Angeles the Nets may go ahead and sign Collins to a 10-day contact.

This would make Collins the Nets’ choice.  That will make news outside the Nets locker room. Inside it, this is an organization that Collins has played for before and liked him; plus Collins played in Boston with Garnett and Paul Pierce and KG in particular was unhappy when Collins was moved from there. Collins will fit in just fine, like the professional he is.

PBT Extra: Who do you want to see most in first All-Star Game?

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Tonight the NBA All-Star Game starters will be announced. Then the coaches have a week to vote and the rest of the roster will be put together by them.

This year should see a few first-time All-Stars, guys bursting on the scene and grabbing fans attention — so we asked people on Twitter who they most wanted to see in his first All-Star Game and I break it down in this PBT Extra.

The winner? Giannis Antetokounmpo with 45 percent of the vote. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, he’s second in the fan voting for the frontcourt in the East (behind only LeBron James). Good news for those fans, the Greek Freak is almost guaranteed to be a starter, he’s getting plenty of media votes and likely a lot from the players as well.

Second place in the poll? Joel Embiid of the Sixers. I’d love to see him, but will players and media members vote in a guy on a minutes restriction? Will the coaches pick him for that same reason? He is on the bubble.

Russell Westbrook: ‘Don’t say what’s up to that b— a—’ (video)

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Did Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant talk during the Warriors’ win over the Thunder last night? Westbrook said no, though video and first-hand accounts indicate otherwise.

Even more clearly: Westbrook – who walked near teammates Enes Kanter, Anthony Morrow and Jerami Grant – didn’t want someone talking to someone as they left the floor after the game. ESPN caught Westbrook saying, “Don’t say what’s up to that b— a—.”

You will never convince anyone Westbrook is referring to anyone but Durant.

Russell Westbrook commits epic travel (video)

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Between getting laid out by Zaza Pachulia and apparently talking with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook committed a travel for the ages.

The Thunder guard took an inbound pass against the Warriors and just started walking up court without dribbling. The violation was so blatant, NBA officials even called the travel.

And it’s not as if they’re inclined to blow a whistle in that situation. Before Westbrook, Kemba Walker set a high bar last season, but he got away with this walk:

Are Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on speaking terms after apparent conversation? Westbrook: ‘Nah’ (video)

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Russell Westbrook deleted Kevin Durant‘s goodbye text and, months later, told the whole world they still hadn’t talked.

That apparently changed during the Warriors’ win over the Thunder yesterday – though not if you ask Westbrook.

Westbrook dunked in the third quarter, and according to ESPN commentator Mark Jackson, Westbrook told Durant, “Don’t jump.” Anthony Slater of The Mercury News also wrote of the same quote.

ESPN’s telecast caught Durant clearly speaking to Westbrook shortly after. It appears Westbrook is talking back, but his back is to the camera.

After the game, Westbrook denied the exchange:

 

  • Reporter: “Are you and KD on speaking terms?”
  • Westbrook: “Nah.”
  • Reporter: “You guys had a little exchange in the third quarter.”
  • Westbrook: “What exchange?”
  • Reporter: “You and KD said something to each other.”
  • Westbrook: “Oh. You gotta maybe sit closer to the game. You maybe didn’t see clearly.”

This is so Westbrook – stubborn to the point of denying reality.

That approach worked for him when everyone rightly told him he was a significantly lesser player than Durant. Westbrook ignored that fact until it became false.

I suspect he wants to forget this exchange so he can maintain a cold animosity toward someone he prefers to resent.