Pay per head sportsbooks learned that on Friday, a 28-year-old Davis reached a buyout with the Orlando Magic and was waived. The Brooklyn Nets were also interested in Davis, but sources said that that they decided to sign Jason Collins, as they felt that they are no longer on the running for Davis.
Price per head services found out that Davis, with an average this season of 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 45 games, made $6 million this season and was set to make approximately $6.6 million next season.
Doc Rivers, Clippers coach, hoped to sign Davis, who from 2007 to 2011 played for him with the Boston Celtics and was a big favorite with pay per head sportsbooks, winning a championship in 2008. On the Clippers’ roster, Davis would be the only player to have won an NBA title.
“It’s not official yet but hopefully it will be,” Rivers said Sunday. “It gives us another big and what I like about a guy like that is he can play a five with a four. If we got a guy like that, he also knows my system.”
On Monday, the Clippers will go to New Orleans to play the Pelicans after taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday when waivers are cleared by Davis. Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Rivers was reserved, but smiled when he was asked about Davis possibly joining the Clippers as early as Monday.
“I’ve heard of him,” Rivers said when asked about Davis. “We call him Baby Baby. … Whatever happens happens soon. I have a hunch. I do have a hunch but until everything is done I have no idea.”
Pay per head sportsbooks can see that the Clippers’ roster is currently standing at 12 after trading Byron Mullens and Antawn Jamison, and deciding not to extend Sasha Vujacic’s 10-day contract.
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“The one thing we did predict right was the buyout season would be active this year and I don’t think it’s finished,” Rivers said. “I think there will be more guys being bought out. It’s every man for themselves right now I guess.”