NBA Roundtable

Orlando Trade Bass for Big Baby

In Free Agency, Trade Talk on December 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

The Boston Herald reports on trade talks

The Celtics have apparently decided that Glen Davis’ future is better elsewhere.

According to two league sources, the Cs are in discussions with Orlando to send Big Baby, in a sign-and-trade deal, to Orlando for power forward Brandon Bass – a player Magic management had been very high on at one stage. Bass is due $4 million each of the next two years, including a player option for the 2012-13 season.

The deal will go through. ESPN has the details

The Boston Celtics have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send free agent forward Glen Davis to the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward Brandon Bass, according to Bass’ agent.

Link: Nice article by Peter May on Big Baby – click here

Marc Spears tweets the financial details

New Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis getting a four-year deal paying in $26 million range, source tells



Grossly overpaid for Glen Davis. They should never have given Davis that type of contract.

$26 million over four years is awful value and doubly awful when you consider how desperately Orlando should be trying to create cap flexibility either to (1) acquire a top talent that will help convince Dwight Howard to stay (2) to rebuild if Dwight Howard leaves.

Brandon Bass is a better player than Glen Davis to begin with. He costs less and his contract’s expiration date gives them the flexibility they should want to help them with the uncertainty facing Dwight Howard’s future.

An awful deal all-round.

Boston Celtics

Steal — got the better player on a better contract and it shouldn’t hurt their 2012 cap space since Bass is likely to opt out next summer.

Bass over Big Baby

  • Scoring efficiency — Bass has posted TS% in the 56-57% range for the past four seasons while Glen Davis has shot around 50% for the past three years.
  • Jump-Shooting — both players take a large number of mid to long range two point jump shots. Bass hits them at a very high rate while Glen Davis shoots them at a below average rate.
  • Defense — Glen Davis is a more consistent team defender so long as his coach doesn’t run him into the ground by playing him too many minutes as Doc Rivers did last season.

The scoring ability of Bass is what puts this comparison comfortably in his favor.

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