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Davis might be sent to sidelines for good

The Sports Xchange

Perhaps it was a sign of things to come, but Cavaliers guard Baron Davis' back tightened up in practice Friday, and he was sent to the sideline.

Whether the Cavs keep him there is anyone's guess.

"Baron didn't go," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "We went through our easy run, the drill I start off with to see where you are, and he had some tightness in his back. I shut him down for the rest of the day."

Many around the league expect the Cavs to use the amnesty provision on the 32-year-old Davis, who has two years and about $28 million left on his contract.

For the record, Cavs general manager Chris Grant said no decision has been made on whether they'd waive Davis.

"That's not something that happens overnight," he said. "We're going through that process now."

He also wouldn't comment on whether the Cavs have entered into talks about a buyout for Davis.

Davis said he wants to stay with the Cavs.

"I'm here," he said. "I'm living in the present. I love Cleveland. I love the fans. I love my teammates and this organization.

"I just appreciate each and every moment I'm here. That's really all I'm focused on."

The clock is already ticking on the Cavs' decision. They have exactly one week to use the amnesty clause -- from Friday to Dec. 16.

"That situation will take care of itself in due time," Scott said.

There was much made about Davis' ability to mentor first-round pick Kyrie Irving with the Cavaliers.

Apparently, Scott takes exception to that thought process.

"To be honest with you, you know who the best mentor for Kyrie is?" Scott asked.

"You're looking at him. I had this same situation with Chris Paul. I don't want to sound cocky, guys. I'm the best."

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