Portland Trail Blazers free agent Ed Davis has agreed to a contract with the Brooklyn Nets. The 6’10 F-C will receive a one-year, $4.4 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Free agent forward Ed Davis has agreed to a one-year, $4.4M deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Davis contributed blue-collar rebounding and a steady presence during his three years in Portland, during which he averaged 5.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 205 appearances, playing 19.2 minutes per game.
In normal economic situations he’d be well worth the contract he’s receiving. The Blazers are less than $10 million away from the luxury tax threshold with multiple roster spots left to fill. Keeping the 29-year-old veteran—even on a bargain-basement, short-term deal—would have a significant financial impact. With big men Zach Collins, Meyers Leonard, and Caleb Swanigan on board, the math might not add up for them to re-sign the hard-working veteran. Or perhaps he just liked the East Coast franchise better.
Update: Jason Quick of NBCSportsNW has this about Davis.
I’ll learn more about Ed Davis’ thinking tomorrow, but tonight he texts: “I said I wanted to come back ...”— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 1, 2018
More on this story as it develops.