Boston Celtics fans joined in a chorus of the song “They’re Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine” on Friday, as the “Boston Globe” has reported that the team is close to completing a sign and trade deal that will send big man Glen Davis to the Orlando Magic for power forward Brandon Bass. According to the report, Davis signed a four-year deal with Boston then flew down to Orlando to take a physical. If both players pass their examinations with their new teams then the deal will be consummated. If the transaction does go through, the Celtics would lose yet another key player from their NBA Championship team of 2008, when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Talent has never been an issue with the player known to Celtics fans as “Big Baby“; however his lack of focus and discipline on the court through out his career in the Association has held him back from progressing further and fulfilling his potential. Davis’ time with Boston has been marred by controversy, including an altercation with a fan and a scuffle with a former high school teammate that led to the big man breaking his hand and missing weeks of the season.
The Boston big man had his best regular campaign of his four-year career in the Association last season as he averaged 29.5 minutes per contest scoring 11.7 points, grabbing 5.4 rebounds and blocking 0.4 shots per game. However, his numbers declined dramatically during the Playoffs as he averaged just 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, which helped lead to the Celtics getting eliminated in the second round of the Post Season.
Bass has played six seasons in the Association, spending two years with the New Orleans Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks and his last two seasons playing for the Magic. The big man also had his best regular season last year as he averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest. The former Magic-Man will most likely come off the bench for the Celtics, backing up All-Star power forward Kevin Garnett.