Baron Davis is finally ready to take the court for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Davis will play against the New York Knicks on Friday, March 4, and be in the Cavaliers lineup for the first time since coming over in a Feb. 24 trade. That trade sent Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Los Angeles Clippers, and brought back the more expensive Davis for the next couple of seasons. While Davis might only be 31 years old, surgeries and injuries have taken their toll on the point guard over the past few years.
ESPN reported that Davis is finally ready to make his debut after missing three games due to a sore knee. He was part of a surprising deal that took away fan-favorite Mo Williams; that could place some huge expectations on him.
As for how NBA analysts view this, they don’t consider Davis to be a good option at all for the struggling Cavaliers. The team needs to be focused entirely on rebuilding, and taking on the large contract of Davis is going to cost them a lot of money in the short term. At least he isn’t the most expensive player on the team, as that title belongs to Antawn Jamison.
This season, Davis is making $13.1 million, and in the next two seasons he will make around $14 and $14.9 million respectively. He is one of the few players on the roster who has a long term deal, and he could be heavily leaned upon to be a veteran presence on the roster in the 2012-13 NBA season. At that point, even with his huge contract, the Cavaliers salary numbers will be down to just $27.8 million as a team. Those numbers could change over the next two offseasons, but it looks like they are heading in a direction that would make them real players in the free agent market in a couple of years.
Until the Cavaliers can get under the salary cap, which is possible under a new collective bargaining agreement, the Cavaliers might be stuck with their current roster. That Davis deal also brought in the first round pick for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2011 NBA Draft, which could end up being a great lottery selection. It gives Cleveland possibly two of the best draft picks this year, and actually brings more chances at grabbing the No. 1 overall pick. It could help them rebuild from the ground up, and then this franchise might be within a few years of making a real presence in the postseason known again.
The Cleveland vs. New York game on March 4 will take place at 7:30 p.m. EST in New York City.
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