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A bank shot for Big Baby?

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  August 4, 2009 11:29 AM

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Glen "Big Baby" Davis remains in free-agency limbo, but he is certain of this much: The forward, who spent the first two years of his career with the Celtics and may still return, intends on going where the money is.

"I want to be where I’m wanted," Davis told WEEI.com's Jeff Goodman. "I love Boston, but I also understand it’s a business. I’m going wherever someone wants to pay for my services."

There is a reasonable likelihood that Davis, who averaged 15.8 points in the postseason filling in for the injured Kevin Garnett, could take his services back to Boston. But for the moment, the former LSU star, who made $711,000 last season, is playing a waiting game as teams typically wait to see where unrestricted free agents end up before pursuing a restricted free agent such as Davis.

"I’m just waiting to get signed," Davis told Goodman from Houston, where his workouts this offseason have included kickboxing. "It’s tough not knowing what’s going on."

Davis said teams that have shown interest in him include New Jersey, Charlotte, Cleveland, and Detroit, although at least a couple of those clubs have settled on other alternatives.

A team could offer him as much as the $5.8 million midlevel exception, but according to Goodman, "it seems far-fetched that any of those teams will offer Davis anything more attractive than the multi-year deal that has been proposed by Celtics boss Danny Ainge."

The Celtics have the right to match any offer, and Goodman reports that sources close to the situation believe Davis will return to the Celtics on a multi-year contract in the $2-million-per-year range.

Davis told Goodman he is uncertain if his situation will be resolved soon.

"I don’t know what’s going to happen," Davis said. "It’s still too early to tell. We’ve still got a long ways to go as far as negotiating with the Celtics."

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