I like this guy already.
Despite Ed Davis signing with the Lakers for the league minimum, there was a lot of interest around in the Association in the 25-year-old unrestricted free agent.
The Clippers were one of the teams interested in Davis during the free agency period, according to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders, though the former lottery pick ultimately decided to sign with the Lakers instead.
“I just wanted to find the perfect situation for this upcoming season and for the future,” Davis said, according to Kennedy. “I didn’t want to take a deal just because it was more money and it might look better – I really wanted to go somewhere that had a need for me and wanted me rather than just joining a team to fill out the roster. For me, it was really just waiting it out and seeing which team had the most interest and seeing where I could go to really help the team and get a chance to play.”
While Davis is primarily viewed as a power forward, the 6’10” big man can also play the center position, and it’s there he will likely find minutes next season.
With Julius Randle, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly taking care of the power forward position, it will probably be up to Jordan Hill, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre to fill in at center.
And, as opposed to playing for a team like the Clippers who have only two Pacific Division titles to their name, Davis is looking forward to being a part of such a historic franchise like the Lakers.
“I’m very excited. There’s just so much history here and the city has so much respect for the organization,” Davis said. “I’ve been working out at the practice facility the last couple of days and just walking through every day and looking at the pictures on the walls, I’m like, ‘Man, this is history right here.’ It’s crazy that I’m about to be a part of it. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”