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As free agency nears, the Celtics not only have holes to fill on their roster, but also have some free agents of their own to negotiate with. The hottest of these names is forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis. The Boston Globe is reporting that Danny Ainge will extend a qualifying offer to Davis by the 5 p.m. deadline this afternoon. With Davis’s strong performance in the 2009 playoffs, he is expected to reject the slight pay raise from his $711,517 contract from last season, making him a restricted free agent. As the Globe reported yesterday, Davis expects to receive contract offers from $4 million to the full mid-level exception which is expected to be around $5.6 million.
Teams are showing interest in Davis. Memphis paper, The Commercial Appeal, is reporting that Grizzlies owner Michale Heisley has put Davis on his radar as a potential player to fill their need at power forward. With Leon Powe’s knee injury potentially playing a huge role in dramatically changing the C’s need for frontcourt players, Davis’s contract situation is certainly worth keeping an eye on. Here are some other things to watch in the next couple days.