Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweets the Celtics are sign-and-trading Glen Davis to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass.
The 26-year-old, 6’8″ Bass is entering his seventh year in the league, after averaging 11.2 points per game last season for the Magic. He also registered career-highs in starting 51 games and averaging 26.1 minutes per. His contract calls for $4M this season, with a player option for the same amount for 2012-13.
One of Bass’ key strengths is his mid-range game, which is an improvement over the departing Davis. Bass hit 47% of his shots from 16-23 feet last season, while Davis was far more erratic at 35%. Overall, beyond 10 feet, Bass shot 46.1%.
Bass has a reputation as an offensive black hole, so with ball-sticking being such a sin in the C’s offense, we can expect Doc Rivers to find some teachable moments in the early going.
One downside: Davis and Bass are basically a wash as rebounders. Which means more mediocrity.
As Brian noted this morning, this has been coming for a long time for the C’s. Davis’ relationship with the Celtics has always involved flare-ups, usually centered around Davis’ meandering road to maturity and his constant concerns about whether he’s being featured enough on the offense and the team. He gave the Celtics many good games, many of them under pressure and may yet be a starter in this league. But it’s not going to happen with Boston.
UPDATE: The Davis deal with Orlando is for 4 years/$26 million.