Seraphin and Booker looking to fill gap with Nene injured
Earlier Monday, before the results came in that Nene would be out six weeks with a ligament sprain in his left knee, Glen Davis was officially announced as having signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Wizards had contact with Davis' agent, John Hamilton, about possibly signing the free agent aka Big Baby. After they traded Jan Vesely and Eric Maynor on Thursday to acquire Andre Miller, that opened a roster spot and more depth was needed -- before Nene's injury -- because of concerns surrounding the health of Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker.
Davis had been bought out of his contract by the Orlando Magic last week and he fills a need for the Clippers, a perimeter-heavy team that is 38-20 going into Monday's game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. They also are coached by Doc Rivers, who had Davis with the Boston Celtics for four years that included a 2008 championship, and are in better position than the Wizards (28-28) for the postseason.
However, Nene's injury in Sunday's game at the Cleveland Cavaliers could've meant a larger role for Davis in Washington and that might've made this a more attractive destination. And factor in that the 6-8 power forward, who averaged 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 30 minutes with the Magic, is childhood friends with Wizards backup guard Garrett Temple. Both Baton Rouge, La., natives, he actually lived with Temple's family and both players attended LSU. Hamilton also is Temple's agent.
Now the Wizards are expected to sign Drew Gooden to a 10-day contract, and the other options they've pondered aren't very attractive, either. They're not ready to commit that spot to anyone long-term with seven weeks left in the regular season. But for Davis, of course, they would've.