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Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:14 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Have you seen Eric Bledsoe so far this season? The rookie from Kentucky has looked pretty terrific, most recently putting up 12 points and 13 assists in a loss to Denver Friday night. The Clippers have been watching obviously. And because of Bledsoe's play plus the fact Baron Davis is out of shape and potentially part of something the Clips want to begin moving past, Yahoo! Sports reports Davis may be on the trading block.

So who wants him? Who him, his out of shape body and his nearly $42 million contract that has three years left on it? Come, not everyone at once.

The Clippers may have Davis on the block, but that doesn't mean he'll be moved by any means. Not too many teams out there are interested in a washing up point guard that is often a locker room problem and only plays when he wants to. Plus, you've got to pay him big time for the next three seasons. Honestly, I can't think of a single team that would or should be interested.

Maybe there's potential to get a third team involved. Or maybe there's potential that Davis could be part of a Carmelo Anthony trade since the money works. Unlikely, clearly, but since I'm looking for something here, that's all I could come up with.

Davis has been out for a few games this season with a sore knee and as a result, Bledsoe has shown flashes of being able to handle the point guard duties while the Clippers rebuild. Because really, there's an exciting core there with Bledsoe, Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin. The Clips need to start moving on from some of the dead wood, but the problem is, they paid them too much to move them.

The shame is, when he's keyed in and ready to play, Davis can be as good as any point guard in the league. He can be a guy worth that remaining $42 million and someone to be part of building a contender in Los Angeles. Except, he came into the season out of shape and already appears to be tuning out Vinny Del Negro.

So while Davis may be up for grabs, I don't think you're going to see many hands go up to try and get him.
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Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 7:37 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

If they cannot trade him then maybe they should just buy him out if they can do it at even a slight discount or just pay the bum to stay home...all the talent and no drive does equal a waste, Lamar Odom is a waste of what could have been but at least he shows up and actually tries, the same cannot be said for this clown!



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2010 7:30 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

@ChemEN3:

This is a prime example of why the NBA needs to do away with gaurenteed contracts!!  Adopt the NFL model, where basicly the only gaurenteed money is the signing bonus.  It is rediculaous that a player can sign a contract then collect millions for doing nothing. 

You mean like Albert Haynesworth?  He received $21 million for doing nothing. 

This is one reason the NBA will never be as successful as the NFL.  At least the average joe, who has to work everyday for his pay check, knows that NFL players (in gerneral) have to work for theirs too.  To say "I signed a contract, so you have to pay me regardless" is ridiculous!!

In the NFL only the owners, top draftees and a select few players are successful, however in the NBA everyone is successful.  Compare NFL and NBA players minimum, average salaries and career lengths and you'll find a big difference in favor of NBA players. 

I have no problem with the players making big money.  I would rather see them get it than the owners.  However, I have a real problem with players who don't earn it.  The team should be able to fire you at any time with minimal compensaation owed.  The same way my company can fire me if I don't perform, or if choked my boss, or called my colleges hurtful names, OR BROUGHT A FRIGGIN' GUN TO WORK!!!

It seems you do have a problem with players making big money and it reflects in throughout your comments.  You've made no reference to underperforming (which would be impossible to prove) and no insight to if a trade is even possible.  Also, the NFL release and cut players all the time and without notice, does that make you feel better?  Why don't you relax and watch the movie 'Office Space'
then maybe you have a different opinion of Latrell Spreewell, Kevin Garnett and Gilbert Arenas.  



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2010 7:07 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block


@t20wenties:

I'm not sure I know of a more underachieving player than Baron Davis.  A guy who has all the talent in the world..., when he plays hard consistently one of the top PG's in the league.  "When" !!  key word.  The guy just doesn't have the heart.  I suppose he'd rather be hanging out with his hollywood celeb crew.  shame.

Remember that these are the Clippers that we're talking about!  This is the most dysfunctional organization in the NBA and the worst in professional sports for that matter, the hiring of Vinnie Del Negro is self-explanatory.  Understand that Clippers' owner Donald Sterling has made every attempt to continually keep his team from becoming a winning organization.  He has done this by repeatedly  drafting players such as Benoit Benjamin, Bo Kimble, Michael Olowokandi, Lamond Murray, Darius Miles and Melvin Ely (to name a few) and failing to resign top talents such as Lamar Odom.  With that being said I will admit that Baron Davis didn't help the situation by reporting to camp out of shape, this started the conflict between him and Del Negro.  Del Negro has been highly critical of his Davis especially to the press, "Baron knows he was behind in his conditioning and he's had to work so hard to get in condition that he's had to put some extra strain on his knee," Del Negro said. "That causes a lot of problems for everybody; for Baron, for the team, for everyone involved. He needs to be a leader and a catalyst for this team and by not preparing the right way he's hurting himself and hurting the group and he knows that."  With Davis out the Clippers have been forced to start rookie Eric Bledsoe and he's been somewhat productive with his increased playing time but it's been Eric Gordon who's benefited the most with his increased touches.  I don't know what Del Negro is trying to accomplish with his finger-pointer rants to the press, but if you're trying to trade Davis you would think it best as not to degrade him or his character or ability as you would decrease the interest that teams may have?  But these are the Clippers the Clippers.  The chances of trading Davis who has three years and $42 million remaining on his contract are slim , what we're seeing is a coach who was run out of Chicago and has chose to lay the blame of early season defeats on his star player.  This eventually will pass as Del Negro will not be able to blame Davis as the season continues, people will realize and understand why he was run out of Chicago and that these are still the same ole Clippers.  










 


 




Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

This is a prime example of why the NBA needs to do away with gaurenteed contracts!!  Adopt the NFL model, where basicly the only gaurenteed money is the signing bonus.  It is rediculaous that a player can sign a contract then collect millions for doing nothing. 

This is one reason the NBA will never be as successful as the NFL.  At least the average joe, who has to work everyday for his pay check, knows that NFL players (in gerneral) have to work for theirs too.  To say "I signed a contract, so you have to pay me regardless" is ridiculous!!

I have no problem with the players making big money.  I would rather see them get it than the owners.  However, I have a real problem with players who don't earn it.  The team should be able to fire you at any time with minimal compensaation owed.  The same way my company can fire me if I don't perform, or if choked my boss, or called my colleges hurtful names, OR BROUGHT A FRIGGIN' GUN TO WORK!!



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 5:43 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

Baron's not going anywhere unless he gets in playing shape and shows flashes of that old brilliance on the floor again. Even then, it will probably take an injury to a contender to make them commit to him. No rebuilding franchise will take on that albatross of a contract especially with the new CBA looming next year and the supposed hard cap to be implemented.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

Not much you can do about that sonny boy. There is a contract, unless you wrote in contract stipulations on what shape you have to be in for season.





Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2010 4:50 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

If a player is out of shape and can't play why do these teams keep paying these guys.. Time to stand up to the union. The employees must be ready for work each day...



Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

You say and I quote, "while the Clippers rebuild."  You're kidding right?  Rebuild from what?



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

Thank God the Warriors let Baron go and drafted Steph Curry...



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2010 2:17 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

I'm not sure I know of a more underachieving player than Baron Davis.  A guy who has all the talent in the world..., when he plays hard consistently one of the top PG's in the league.  "When" !!  key word.  The guy just doesn't have the heart.  I suppose he'd rather be hanging out with his hollywood celeb crew.  shame.


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