The Celtics will deal forward Glen Davis to Orlando in a sign-and-trade that will send Magic forward Brandon Bass to Boston, a source close to Davis confirmed. The move would end a four-year run for Davis and the Celtics that started with a with a world championship and ended with questions over Davis’ effort and maturity.
Bass’ agent told the Orlando Sentinel the deal was close.
The Sentinel also reported the Davis deal would be for four years, and that Davis was on his way to Florida to take a physical.
Davis, a second-round pick by Seattle in 2007, came to the Celtics via a draft-night trade that also brought Ray Allen to Boston. Davis played in 69 games as a rookie and averaged 4.5 points and 3 rebounds. Davis filled in as a starter for Kevin Garnett during the 2009 playoffs and had perhaps his best run in a Celtics uniform, averaging 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 36 minutes per game. During that postseason, however, Davis drew criticism for pushing a young fan in Orlando following a game-winning shot over the Magic. That offseason, Davis broke his hand in a fight with a childhood friend, keeping him out until December.
Davis upped his scoring average to 11.7 points per game last season, but his shot selection was questioned, and he was a virtual no-show in the postseason.
Bass, too, has had an up-and-down career, and the Magic are likely moving him for the same reasons the Celtics are moving Davis. A second-round pick out of LSU in 2005, Bass didn’t show much in two seasons in New Orleans. After two productive seasons in Dallas, Bass had a disappointing debut in Orlando. Last season, though, his second with the Magic, Bass averaged career highs of 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. At 6-feet-8-inches and 250 pounds, he’s a more traditional power forward than Davis. Bass is due to make $4 million this season and has a player option for the same next season. If Davis’ deal with the Magic is for four years, the Celtics would obviously be freeing up future cap space by swapping Davis for Bass.