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Trail Blazers Lose Free Agent Ed Davis to Brooklyn Nets

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The rebounding big man follows former teammate Allen Crabbe to Brooklyn.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

More on this story as it develops.