New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Baron Davis. It is widely reported to be a one-year deal for $2.5 million. Though, Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that the deal is actually for the veteran’s minimum ($1.4 million), which means the Knicks still have their $2.5 million exception to spend.
Davis, 6-3, 212-pounds, holds career averages of 16.5 points, 7.3 assists, 1.86 steals and 34.7 minutes in 806 games (677 starts) over 12 NBA seasons with the Hornets, Golden State, L.A. Clippers and Cleveland. The two-time NBA All-Star averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 assists and 1.34 steals over 28.4 minutes in 58 games (44 starts) with Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland last season.
The Los Angeles, CA-native was originally selected by Charlotte Hornets in the first round (third overall) of 1999 NBA Draft. He appeared in 46 postseason games (42 starts) to average 19.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.50 steals over 38.1 minutes.
According to ESPN New York, “Davis has a herniated disk in his back that he said on Monday could sideline him for 8-10 weeks. But a source close to Davis told ESPNNewYork.com that 8-10 weeks is a conservative estimate and, if his rehabilitation goes well, he could return in 4-6 weeks “if not sooner.” Said Davis: “For me, it’s taking it one day at a time and … getting as close as I possibly can to practicing to practicing as soon as I possibly can.”