The Portland Trail Blazers appear to be losing a key veteran voice in free agency, this according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent forward Ed Davis has agreed to a one-year, $4.4M deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Originally joining the Blazers at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season on a three-year, $20 million deal, Davis was a bright spot for the Blazers during their up and down season, a consistent spark off the bench night in and night out.
In 78 games, Davis averaged 5.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. He was sidelined in the final weeks of the regular season with a right ankle injury, a key loss for Portland as they ramped up for their playoff run.
While Davis entered this offseason as an unrestricted free agent, many believed the Blazers would have the opportunity to retain his services at a reasonable rate. And given the reported details of Davis' one year contract with the Nets, it is surprising, and somewhat perplexing that they didn't.
The latest development isn't a popular decision.
Flabbergasted. Absolutely flabbergasted. https://t.co/wUsmgKzxNf— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 1, 2018
A fan favorite and a known ally to Blazers franchise point guard Damian Lillard, Davis brought a calm and collected veteran voice to the locker room.
Olshey’s stance with Blazers has been about keeping their talent: Crabbe, Leonard, Harkless, etc. ... they all got big money. But not Ed freaking Davis? Was the heartbeat of team and is best backup center in NBA, but not good enough to open the wallet? Huh.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 1, 2018
Lillard also chimed in on the news:
And so did CJ McCollum:
🤝 lost a real one https://t.co/7XTotNgIZX— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 1, 2018
It also appears Davis wanted to come back to Portland, this according to NBCSNW Blazers Insider Jason Quick.
I’ll learn more about Ed Davis’ thinking tomorrow, but tonight he texts: “I said I wanted to come back ...”— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 1, 2018
June 30th was the deadline to guarantee Jake Layman's contract. With no official news from the team, it appears Layman will also be an unrestricted free agent.
With Ed Davis heading to Brooklyn, and Nurkic on the market, that means Meyers Leonard and Georgios Papagiannis are the only centers currently on the roster.
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