The NBA season tips off two weeks from Sunday, but new Orlando Magic acquisitions Glen Davis and Von Wafer have yet to practice with the team, owing to FIBA, basketball's governing body, needing to clear Wafer, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Once FIBA clears Wafer, Orlando can officially trade Brandon Bass to the Boston Celtics for him and Davis. The teams reached an agreement on that trade Friday, according to multiple reports. Davis will join the Magic on a four-year contract worth $26 million, while Wafer will sign a small, three-year deal with team options on the second and third years.
Wafer, a five-year NBA veteran, signed with Vanolli-Braga Cremona in August during the NBA lockout. In nine games with the club, he led it in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per game on 57.8 percent shooting.
Davis is clearly the centerpiece of the trade, but obtaining Wafer at a low cost is a low-risk move for Orlando, which needs more dynamic scoring options off its bench. However, attempting to acquire Wafer has also prevented either player from practicing to date, and has also kept Bass out of Celtics practice.
Orlando's annual Media Day is scheduled for Monday. If FIBA has yet to process Wafer's paperwork by then, neither he nor Davis will be able to meet the press at that time.