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.
- Eddie House has reportedly not decided whether or not to exercise his player option for the 2009-2010 season. The option is worth around $2.7 million. If House opts out by 5 p.m. today, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
- The Milwaukee Bucks have decided not to extend their qualifying offer to high scoring combo forward, Charlie Villenueva. Villenueva is expected to receive an offer starting at the full MLE from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons have also said to be interested in Villenueva, and are one of few teams that can offer him a starting salary of more than the MLE. If Detroit does not offer the three year pro a large contract and he signs with Cleveland, his presence, paired with the recent acquisition of Shaq, could propel the Cavs to the front of the list of title contenders for the upcoming season.
- Despite the recent trade for Vince Carter, the Orlando Magic maintain that forward Hedo Turkaglu is still, not only on their radar, but their top-priority. With teams trying to save money for next summer’s free agent period, Turkaglu may not receive as lucrative an offer as he expects to.
- Medical reports are saying that complications from the foot injury Yao Ming suffered in the Rockets’ second round series against the Lakers could force the 7’6” Center to miss the entire 2009-2010 season. Other reports are saying that the injury may be career-threatening. ESPN’s John Hollinger reports that this could affect the team’s decision on whether or not to resign guard/forward Ron Artest to a long-term deal. Ron Artest would sure look good as the Celtics’ 6th man next season (oh pipe dreams).
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