At some point in the future (hopefully not to distant future, but who knows), there will be a free agency period.
And when it comes, a battle tested, champion power forward (who struggled this last playoffs) will be on the market in Boston’s Glen Davis. And he is going to see what that market will offer.
That’s what he told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England when asked if his first choice was to remain a Celtic.
“My choice is what’s best for my family and career. That’s what I concentrate on. I love being here in Boston. But if it’s not going to benefit me and my family, I’ll pick up (and play elsewhere).
“That’s my concern. That’s the only thing I’m focused on now; my family’s well-being and my career as a player … what situation is going to help Glen Davis be Glen Davis.”
Glen Davis is really what has stood in the way of Glen Davis being Glen Davis, but we’ll save that for another day. Blakely also details how Davis has had a rocky relationship with Doc Rivers over the years and how that could impact a return to the Celtics. Rivers is now locked in with a new deal to remain as coach for the forseeable future, and that could be something that pushes Davis out the door.
Davis played 29.5 minutes per game last season and gave Boston 11.7 points and just 5.4 boards. Solid numbers. Then in the playoffs he really struggled (4.9 points per game on 39 percent shooting). It leaves the question of how much teams might really be willing to spend on a guy that is really more of a backup than a starter.
Until we see the new Collective Bargaining Agreement we don’t what teams can spend, both the Celtics and other teams. Because of that it’s a rough summer to be a free agent. But Davis is good with that
The Hawks’ rebuild got going with big John Collins. Though they’re reportedly eying Luka Doncic with the No. 3 pick, they could easily draft another big – Jaren Jackson Jr., Mohamed Bamba, Marvin Bagley or Wendell Carter.
And then there’s veteran center Dewayne Dedmon.
He no longer fits in Atlanta (never did, really). But he’s not bypassing a chance to earn $6.3 million.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
There just wasn’t going to be that much money for the 28-year-old Dedmon in a tight market this summer.
Dedmon is a good defender, and he developed his ball skills – as a 3-point shooter and passer – in Atlanta last season. The Hawks could look to trade him. Maybe, in a deal primarily about his expiring contract, he adds extra value to the other team due to his playing ability.
If Atlanta doesn’t move him, Dedmon will be a fine player on a likely tanking team. At least he’s not good enough to subvert the Hawks’ tank, especially with the new lottery format.
Nick Young will say and do nearly anything for attention.
Empowered by the Warriors’ championship, he swung for the fences when asked about Canada passing marijuana legalization.
Young, via TMZ:
“I want people to pass cocaine,” the NBA star told TMZ Sports outside 1 OAK on Tuesday night … “Everybody needs to do cocaine!”
Predictably, that caused a bit of an uproar. Then, Young backtracked:
Too late, Nick. People are already asking questions you don’t want asked.
The 76ers have too many 2018 draft picks – Nos. 10, 26, 38, 39, 56 and 60.
Philadelphia already has 11 players under contract for next season. Plus, the 76ers have the space to add premier players. There just isn’t room for everyone on the roster.
So, Philadelphia unloaded one of those selections.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
This is good return for the 76ers, who everyone knew had to trade a draft pick. The rebuilding Bulls could easily land a higher second-round pick than No. 39 next year.
Why do the Lakers want an extra second-rounder this year? Second-round picks don’t count against the cap until signed, and they can always slightly sweeten a trade offer. They’re helpful for a team with big plans and little wiggle room.
The Knicks have the No. 8 pick, and tomorrow’s draft will be the most important part of their offseason.
Will they also have cap space to add talent in free agency? That hinges on Enes Kanter‘s player option.
If Kanter opts out, New York will have even more room to operate thanks to Kyle O'Quinn declining his $4,256,250 player option.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Knicks expected this for a while, and they’re probably not disappointed. Steve Mills and Scott Perry want to put their stamp on the franchise. O’Quinn is a leftover from the Phil Jackson era and a reminder of the recent tumult in New York.
O’Quinn’s combination of block percentage (6.1) and defensive-rebounding percentage (27.8) was unmatched last season. He just really struck a nice balance between contesting shots and remaining in position on the glass. He’s also a smooth mid-range shooter with an improved ability to distribute.
How much is that player worth?
It’ll be a tight market, especially for bigs. For his sake, I hope the 28-year-old O’Quinn already has assurances from other teams. He might get a similar salary or, more likely, a larger overall guarantee on a multi-year deal. But it’s also possible he comes out behind by testing free agency.