Baron Davis And Knicks
December 19, 2011 by staff
Baron Davis And Knicks, Free agent point guard Baron Davis will sign with the New York Knicks today, according to multiple media reports. Davis was waived last week by the Cavaliers and designated as their amnesty player. He was not claimed and chose the Knicks, who are seeking more backcourt depth after waiving Chauncey Billups with the amnesty clause. New York had already signed veteran point guard Mike Bibby.
It’s unknown when Davis will play; he’s been sidelined since the end of the lockout with a bulging disk in his back. But he’d be worth the risk if healthy, especially since the Knicks can only offer him at most the new two-year exception that would pay him $2.5 million in the first year.
“Everybody knows what he can do when he’s healthy and when he’s focused,’’ Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said, recalling a loss to Davis and the Cavaliers last season. “When BD is healthy, he’s one of the best.’’
But he wasn’t needed in Cleveland after the Cavaliers won the draft lottery and took Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick. By making Davis their amnesty player, the Cavs knocked the $28 million he was owed over the next two seasons off their salary cap.
The Knicks are prepared to go with Toney Douglas as their starting point guard, but the third-year player is inconsistent, shooting just 2 for 6 for 5 points in New York’s 92-83 exhibition victory over New Jersey Saturday.
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