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Nets, Clippers recruiting Glen 'Big Baby' Davis

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09:21 AM ET 02.22 | The Brooklyn Nets will not decide on whether to proceed with their interest in signing free-agent center Jason Collins until letting the sudden free agency of Glen "Big Baby" Davis play out over the weekend, according to sources close to the process. Davis officially will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent Monday assuming he clears waivers after finalizing a contract buyout Friday with the Orlando Magic. Sources told ESPN.com that Davis is the Nets' top choice for the opening in their frontcourt rotation. But Brooklyn's attentions could shift quickly back to Collins if the Nets miss out on Davis, who is being recruited hard to join the Los Angeles Clippers by former coach Doc Rivers. Sources say Rivers and Nets forward Kevin Garnett are going head-to-head in a recruiting battle to try to convince Davis to join their respective teams. The trio, of course, were all on the same side when the Rivers-coached Boston Celtics won the NBA title in 2008.

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February 22, 2014  10:01 AM ET

Boys Don't Cry, Bro.

February 22, 2014  10:22 AM ET

Go 2 the clippers. Brooklyn is going no where, @ least clippers have a shot. Nets won't make it out of the 1st round if they face pacers or heat.

February 22, 2014  10:37 AM ET

" Sources say Rivers and Nets forward Kevin Garnett are going head-to-head in a recruiting battle to try to convince Davis to join their respective teams."

There's a reason those guys want him but some people on here won't understand why.

I hope he goes to the Clippers. His post defense could make a difference in some matchups the Clips will face.

February 22, 2014  10:55 AM ET

I think that if a player gets a buyout that they should only be able to receive the league minimum for the rest of the year into the following year....

By the way good job Orlando.....

February 22, 2014  11:14 AM ET
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I think that if a player gets a buyout that they should only be able to receive the league minimum for the rest of the year into the following year....By the way good job Orlando.....

Hey KIG


Orlando needed to move BB in order to play their younger guys the rest of the way. They need to find out if they have a guy that can be their future PF. They just need to play the young guys the rest of the way and see what they have and what they need in the upcoming draft.

February 22, 2014  11:24 AM ET
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Hey KIGOrlando needed to move BB in order to play their younger guys the rest of the way. They need to find out if they have a guy that can be their future PF. They just need to play the young guys the rest of the way and see what they have and what they need in the upcoming draft.

Yeah i know. I still cant believe they paid him that much when they gave him that contract though...

February 22, 2014  11:26 AM ET
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Yeah i know. I still cant believe they paid him that much when they gave him that contract though...

Otis Smith...

He's the guy that gave Rashard Lewis that 140 million dollar contract and made him the 2nd highest paid guy in the NBA.

February 22, 2014  11:27 AM ET
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Otis Smith...He's the guy that gave Rashard Lewis that 140 million dollar contract and made him the 2nd highest paid guy in the NBA.

The same guy that let Turkoglu walk rather than pay him 8 million....then brought him back when he was older and making 12 million.

The same guy that thought bringing in Gilbert Arenas was a good idea. Orlando is still paying him 22 million THIS YEAR.

February 22, 2014  11:27 AM ET
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Otis Smith...He's the guy that gave Rashard Lewis that 140 million dollar contract and made him the 2nd highest paid guy in the NBA.

Thats right....Was he the same guy that traded for Hedo again? He isnt still there right?

February 22, 2014  11:34 AM ET
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Thats right....Was he the same guy that traded for Hedo again? He isnt still there right?

He's long gone.

When Howard was gone ownership fired his CEO (son in law), GM, Coach, coaching staff, scouts. Rob Hennigan came over from OKC and took over and has completely built a new staff and retooled the team.

February 22, 2014  11:58 AM ET

baby would help several teams-
I think he'd be a better fit on the clips vs brooklyn as they need some toughness and a guy that can hit the glass.
He'd also help the thunder, if they weren't so frackin cheap and stubborn to take on some extra $

February 22, 2014  12:34 PM ET
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......Nets won't make it out of the 1st round if they face pacers or heat.

The Nets won't make it out the first round if they play the Bulls or the Raptors, either.

He11....suffice it to say that the Nets won't make it out the first round.....PERIOD.....and that's if they manage to hold on to a playoff spot, at all!

February 22, 2014  01:17 PM ET
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The Nets won't make it out the first round if they play the Bulls or the Raptors, either. He11....suffice it to say that the Nets won't make it out the first round.....PERIOD.....and that's if they manage to hold on to a playoff spot, at all!

the nets have quietly played much better ball the last couple months
I believe they are like 15-6 sine Jan
they may not be able to bring it night in night out during the regular season-
but if they get healthy - they will be a dangerous team to play in the playoffs
I think if they don't have to play miami/indy they will make the 2nd round

February 22, 2014  02:21 PM ET

Two more players available to be picked up before the playoffs;

League sources confirmed to ESPN New York that the team is in discussions with World Peace's representatives to work on a buyout or outright release.

The Knicks, league sources said, are also in talks with Beno Udrih's representatives to work on a release or buyout for the veteran point guard.

February 22, 2014  02:53 PM ET
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the nets have quietly played much better ball the last couple months

I believe they are like 15-6 sine Jan

they may not be able to bring it night in night out during the regular season- but if they get healthy......

Well.....the problem is that they have to get and stay healthy.....and they still won't have Lopez's scoring.

Since January, they've lost to the Bulls by 16 (last week) and have lost twice to the Raptors (one of those by 16). So far, they have a combined 1-4 record against the Bulls and the Raptors.

My point is.....they just don't match up well against either team and they can't beat either team.

In a series.....I don't see them beating either team.

February 22, 2014  03:19 PM ET
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" Sources say Rivers and Nets forward Kevin Garnett are going head-to-head in a recruiting battle to try to convince Davis to join their respective teams."There's a reason those guys want him but some people on here won't understand why.I hope he goes to the Clippers. His post defense could make a difference in some matchups the Clips will face.

I can understand why they would want him for a minimum salary.

that being said no one would touch him with a ten foot pole for 6 million a year- which is why Orlando waived him

February 22, 2014  03:54 PM ET
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Well.....the problem is that they have to get and stay healthy.....and they still won't have Lopez's scoring.Since January, they've lost to the Bulls by 16 (last week) and have lost twice to the Raptors (one of those by 16). So far, they have a combined 1-4 record against the Bulls and the Raptors. My point is.....they just don't match up well against either team and they can't beat either team. In a series.....I don't see them beating either team.

we shall see-
but IMO both the raps and bulls have played about as well as they could possibly play and I believe the nets haven't.
the regular season results, you know are close to meaningless when it comes to a playoff series
and in a series- who on either the bulls or raps do you really trust in having the ability to make shots when it counts....
where as on the nets- they have several guys who can

February 22, 2014  03:55 PM ET
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I can understand why they would want him for a minimum salary.that being said no one would touch him with a ten foot pole for 6 million a year- which is why Orlando waived him

A big man that can play PF or Center for 6 million. I think there are teams that would pay that. Lot of PFs making in that range in the NBA that can't play both positions as well.

February 22, 2014  03:58 PM ET
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I can understand why they would want him for a minimum salary.that being said no one would touch him with a ten foot pole for 6 million a year- which is why Orlando waived him

he'd be worth that $ if it were a better team
I mean he's better than Taj Gibson who makes more

 
February 22, 2014  03:59 PM ET
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A big man that can play PF or Center for 6 million. I think there are teams that would pay that. Lot of PFs making in that range in the NBA that can't play both positions as well.

I am sure he was offered to every single team in the league before he was WAIVED- and not one of them was a taker at 6 million

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