If the buzz in New York City is correct; it appears that veteran point guard Baron Davis has found himself a new home after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers last week. Sunday the “New York Post” reported that the New York Knicks have come to terms with Davis on a contract for the upcoming season according to their sources. According to the report the team will officially announce the signing of the former All-Star on Monday; it is not known if he will get a deal for the veteran’s minimum salary or if the Knicks have offered him the mid-level exception.
The veteran is currently unable to play because he has two bulging discs in his back. His agent says that it will be 8-10 weeks before his client can return to the hardwood. A healthy Baron Davis would certainly be an upgrade for the club; as they currently have third-year guard Toney Douglas projected as the starter with veteran Mike Bibby as his backup. If he can play pain-free and up to the level he performed at last season; then chances are good he will eventually become the starter for the Knicks.
The Cavaliers used the “NBA Amnesty Clause” to put the guard on waivers which he cleared on Friday. There had been rumors that the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers had interest in his services as well. Davis was paid $28 million by Cleveland, although that money does not count against the team’s salary cap.