The Portland Trail Blazers lost center Ed Davis in the opening hours of NBA free agency, with the veteran coming to an agreement with the Brooklyn Nets. According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic (subscription required), Davis received interest from the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Blazers before signing a one-year, $4.4 million contract with Brooklyn.
Scotto also reveals how Nik Stauskas, who signed a one year, minimum contract with Portland, was in the Nets’ backup plans before signing guard Joe Harris:
A few hours after Davis left the Trail Blazers and agreed to a deal with Brooklyn, former Nets guard Nik Stauskas agreed to join Portland on a one-year deal. The Nets, who did not tender Stauskas a qualifying offer as first reported by The Athletic, viewed him as an alternative option in case Harris departed in free agency. Once Brooklyn knew it was keeping Harris, the writing was on the wall for Stauskas that he wouldn’t be brought back.