When this season ends Glen Davis is going to be playing for someone other than Orlando. There are no sure things in the NBA, I could be wrong, but if I were Davis I would keep a “go bag” packed and ready near the front door.
Why? Orlando is rebuilding and Davis is a veteran they can move to get more pieces for said rebuild — plus the Magic are not looking to win a lot this year. It’s about developing Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson, not playing Big Baby. Davis is a solid big off the bench who has played huge in the NBA Finals (remember him and Nate Robinson winning Boston a game and calling themselves Shrek and Donkey?).
But Orlando can’t move Davis until his foot gets healthy following a second foot surgery this July, to move him they need to showcase him a little.
So how’s that recovery coming along? The Orlando Sentinel asked the man.
Davis hasn’t participated in contact drills, practices or scrimmages yet. But he’s running up and down the court and is taking jumpers.
“They’re watching me as much as possible, making sure that I don’t skip any steps in this process,” Davis said Monday, before his teammates began practice at Amway Center. “Everything looks good so far.”
As for timelines… the Magic are not doing timelines.
Davis has worked hard to drop weight to make things easier on his foot (he’s even doing yoga) but recovery is slow, and this is a second surgery after the first one didn’t really take (Davis is frustrated about that). Everyone is being patient — Davis because he wants this to heal so he can play many more years, the Magic because they don’t need him back, just so long as he is ready to go before the trade deadline.
Davis, Jameer Nelson and likely others in Orlando will be on the move this season. For Davis, it’s just a matter of showcasing he can still play.