Welcome Home, Bearded One.

Davis verbally agrees to go to Clippers, leave Warriors

NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the guard reached a verbal agreement with the Clippers on Tuesday night and will sign a new multiyear contract with Los Angeles after the leaguewide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 9.

Davis was in line to make $17.8 million in the last year of his deal with the Warriors, but after telling the team that he wanted to stay, opted out at the last minute.

Sources told ESPN.com that Davis, 29, will receive a five-year deal worth an estimated $65 million.

Forward Elton Brand also opted out of his contract with the Clippers on Monday, and speculation quickly began that the team would try to keep Brand and sign Davis. This scenario is only possible if the Clippers renounce the rights of Corey Maggette and Brand takes a slight pay cut.

Sources say the Clippers are expected to do just that and quickly reach a verbal agreement to bring back Brand.

Maggette opted out of his deal on Monday as well.

Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season for a Warriors team that won 48 games but did not make the playoffs.

Senior writer Marc Stein covers the NBA for ESPN.com.

This is one of the happier days of my Clipper fandom. I’m literally speechless right now.

~ by terrydehereftw on July 1, 2008.

4 Responses to “Welcome Home, Bearded One.”

  1. As a clipper it really stinks. Look how many clippers David Sterling let go over the years and got nothing in return (Andre Miller, Michael Olowokandi, Keyon Dooling, Lamar Odom, Quentin Richardson, and now Corey Maggette(who they should have traded this season because everybody knew he was going to leave), Elton Brand. Now they finally get Baron Davis. And people already start calling him the greatest player to ever play for the franchise. Which is pretty sad. Baron Davis is great and all but that’s sad comparing with the Lakers with Magic Johnson, Wilt, and all their superstars. Finally when the clippers look real good then Elton Brand just leaves. It really sucks to be a clipper fan.

  2. ^ And since you have posted this comment, the Clips have done a great job of recovering. From an outsider’s POV, one might say that nothing can replace losing EB, and true, EB was a huge loss, but with the moves that we’ve made, I truly believe we are in a better position than we would’ve been with EB and Corey.

  3. Yeah the Clippers look really good now. And they keep on making new moves everyday. But theres still no excuse for the Clippers letting go of their young talent (Andre Miller, Michael Olowokandi, Keyon Dooling, Lamar Odom, Quentin Richardson,Corey Maggette, Elton Brand) for absolutely nothing.

  4. None of those players wanted to help the Clips by being involved in some kind of sign-and-trade. And none of those guys(aside from EB) were worth the money they were asking for, except for EB and Maggette. They had to let Lamar and Andre go in order to re-sign EB and Maggette.

    And as for Olowokandi asking for 80M??? Get outta here! Q-Rich getting 45M was ridiculous too. The only guy I would’ve kept from that group now is EB and Dooling(reasonable contract).

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