Whether or not Memphis Grizzlies’ reserve big man Ed Davis is ready to become an every day starter in the NBA is still up in the air, but we should have an answer to that question next season.
Davis is set to become a restricted free agent and could become a priority for the Grizzlies if they lose Zach Randolph in free agency. However, if the team keeps Randolph or adds the likes of Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol, the brother of Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol, Davis could be moving on.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders broke down Davis’ free agency.
The Grizzlies have invested a lot into Ed Davis, but the question becomes how much is he worth on a new deal? It is very likely the Grizz issue the $4.3 million offer, if only to have the ability to match an offer. The Grizz are hoping to get a new deal done with Zach Randolph, which might make Davis’ value to the team significantly lower than maybe it already is.
Davis logged few minutes in the regular season and almost nothing in the postseason, even when Randolph was suspended. Davis had a few bright spot games, but hardly the body of work to believe he’ll get a major offer.
The Grizz under previous leadership really liked Ed, but it seems if he gets expensive for some reason they may pass on him in favor of someone who might be able to contribute.
This one will be interesting to watch, because Davis might be obtainable.
Davis averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season while shooting 53.4% from the field and 52.8% from the free throw line.