It is becoming more and more obvious that the Nets want Glen “Big Baby” Davis. First there was word that they were going to attempt to acquire him by signing him to an offer sheet, but word got out that the C’s were going to match any reasonable offer. Then there were rumors that the Nets were interested in a sign and trade, but looking at it, it wouldn’t really work out because we stuck with 15 guaranteed contracts right now. Now, we are hearing that the Nets are looking for a third team to work out a trade for Big Baby:
The Celtics’ proposed sign-and-trade to land free agent Marquis Daniels from the Pacers has run into complications and could lead to the need of a three-team deal. Enter the Nets, with their legitimate interest in Davis, who averaged 15.8 points and 6.0 rebounds during the playoffs last season. The Celtics have indicated they will match any reasonable offer for Davis.
“We have not made any offers to anybody,” Nets team president Rod Thorn said.
The Nets have made their inquiries and repeatedly have said they need to create a roster space before making a move. A report that surfaced yesterday about a sign-and-trade involving Davis and Nets forward Yi Jianlian was shot down by both sides about 30 seconds after it sought traction.
Maybe an inventive deal could be devised involving three teams. The Nets have a couple of trade exceptions from the Vince Carter deal that could come into play. The Celtics likely want a big man in return, the Pacers want a wing.
Despite what Rod Thorn says, this looks more than just “inquiring” about Glen Davis to me. Why? Well, Rod Thorn keeps looking for a way to get Davis in a Nets uniform. Despite being unconventional, this three-way deal could work (especially with the Trade Exceptions we have). We send Indiana a guard (Dooling/Simmons/Rafer), Boston Yi, and we get Big Baby in return with an extra roster spot.
Now is this smart? In my opinion it would all depend what we do with that extra roster spot. Now if we go ahead and sign Leon Powe or Ike Diogu, I would be all about it. Just like that we get a nice little inside/outside platoon at our 4 spot and we also clear up some of the glut we got at the wing position.
Not sure if this will happen or if this means there will be another rumor tomorrow. At least it is giving me something to write about…