The Orlando Magic have engaged Glen Davis in talks to buy the seven-year veteran out of his contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The NBA trade deadline passed Thursday without Orlando making deals, meaning Davis is still on the Magic's books for the balance of the 2013/14 season and the entire 2014/15 season.
In 45 appearances for the Magic in 2013/14, Davis is averaging 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists on 45.3 percent shooting from the floor. He has started each of Orlando's last 43 games, but he left Wednesday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a right Achilles' strain and did not return. Because the Magic had Thursday off, they have offered no update on Davis' health going forward.
Orlando acquired Davis from the Boston Celtics in 2011 in a sign-and-trade deal. Jameer Nelson is the only Magic player with more tenure.
If the Magic reach a buyout agreement with Davis, he'll become the fifth player to draw a salary from Orlando despite not playing for it, joining Quentin Richardson, Romero Osby, Al Harrington, and Hedo Türkoğlu. That figure jumps to six if one counts the amnesty payments Orlando still owes Gilbert Arenas, though those payments do not count against its salary cap.