UPDATE: Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports the teams have agreed upon a trade. The Boston Celtics will sign-and-trade Glen Davis to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass.
The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics are discussing a sign-and-trade deal involving Boston sending Glen Davis to Orlando for Brandon Bass in a swap of power forwards, reports the Boston Herald. Davis, an unrestricted free agent who's spent his entire four-year career with the Celtics, would sign a new contract with Boston and then immediately be flipped to Orlando for Bass.
Davis, who turns 26 on New Year's Day, has averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds on 44.9 percent shooting. He arrived in Boston along with Ray Allen on the night of the 2007 NBA Draft. Listed at 6-foot-9 and 289 pounds, his ubiquitous nickname--Big Baby--is easily understood. Davis is regarded for his energy and hustle.
Bass enjoyed a career-best season with Orlando in 2010/11, his sixth in the NBA, transitioning to a full-time starter for the first time in his professional career following the Magic's trade of Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards. Though undersized for a power forward, Bass provides toughness, a surprisingly smooth mid-range jumper, and uncanny offensive rebounding ability. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 26.1 minutes, and 51.5 percent field-goal shooting--all career-highs--last season.
In November, the Herald reported--in a post that's since been archived--that Davis' representation had targeted Orlando as one possible destination for him. Other teams in the report include the Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, and possibly the New Orleans Hornets.