The Orlando Magic have agreed to trade Brandon Bass to the Boston Celtics for Glen Davis, Yahoo! Sports reports. As Davis is an unrestricted free agent, he must first sign a contract with Boston before the deal can be completed, and free agents may not sign contracts until 2 PM on Friday. The deal, however, will go through once Davis signs.
As Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD notes, Davis is rumored to be one of the free agents Magic center Dwight Howard asked Otis Smith, the team's President of Basketball Operations, to pursue during a recent face-to-face meeting.
Davis, a four-year veteran, owns career averages of 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Despite his size--he's listed at 6-foot-9 and 289 pounds, explaining his "Big Baby" nickname--he's a good athlete who demonstrates excellent footwork, which helps him defend the low post successfully. His 44.9 percent career field goal shooting, however, leaves much to be desired.
Orlando signed Bass in the summer of 2009, hoping the burly power forward could add some toughness to its bench. Instead, he spent his first season in Orlando dissatisfied, buried on the depth chart behind Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson. He bounced back in a big way in 2010/11, however, becoming a full-time starter after Orlando dealt Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards and averaging 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.