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On Friday, general manager Otis Smith executed a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics for Glen Davis and Von Wafer, trading Brandon Bass in the process. The reactions to the deal have been largely negative for the Orlando Magic.
Me and the rest of the crew at Magic Basketball chime in on the deal.
Who got the better end of the deal — Boston or Orlando?
Nate Drexler: Orlando. Bass was limited both defensively and offensively, and in return the Magic are getting a champion in Big Baby. Davis gives you more on the defensive end than Bass does, and is actually trustworthy with the ball if you need some points (see 2008 NBA Finals).
Danny Nowell: Boston. They got a better athlete with a similar skill set who’s more efficient. If this were Mortal Kombat, that’d be a flawless victory.
Eddy Rivera: Boston. When comparing the totality of the skill-sets between Davis and Bass, it’s no question that the Boston Celtics got the better end of the deal. And with Bass having two years remaining on his contract with a player option in 2013, Boston leaves themselves with cap flexibility to reload once the Garnett, Pierce, and Allen era is over.
Fact or Fiction: Glen Davis is a good fit with the Magic.
Drexler: Fact. The painted area is going to look mighty thin if Dwight leaves. You have to start putting some big bodies in there. What better way to start than a proven champion caliber player who hits the boards hard?
Nowell: Fiction. I don’t hate Davis as a player, but his offensive game is a terrible fit even if he will be a slight improvement over Bass in defensive rotations. He simply doesn’t shoot the mid-range jumpshot well enough, and he pretty much just shoots mid-range jumpshots.
Rivera: Fiction. If Bass wasn’t a good fit with the Magic, it’s hard to see how Davis is. Davis does everything worse than Bass, aside from his ability to play defense. That alone isn’t enough to make up for what Davis doesn’t bring to the table offensively. The same logic applies even if Howard isn’t around by December 25.
On a scale of 1-10, what are the odds Davis is the starting power forward on Christmas Day?
Drexler: 9. Why not? He’ll be ready from a personal standpoint, and would be a good thing for Orlando to go ahead a flash a different looking lineup to start warming up Magic fans for what it’s going to look like for the next couple of years.
Nowell: 1. Whatever they are, they’re the same odds as my being arrested for stalking Otis Smith’s home. Start Anderson, or I’ll become a part-time felon. It’s in Van Gundy’s hands. I’m begging you, Stan, don’t make me be a felon.
Rivera: 1. It’s no secret that Davis wants to be a starter in the NBA and that’s part of the reason he was excited to know that he was going to play for the Magic — for a chance to start. However, Davis isn’t a starting-caliber player. It would be a tragedy if Davis started over Ryan Anderson.