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According to Yahoo! Sports, the Magic and Glen Davis reached a buyout agreement that would allow Davis to join a contender. Our writers weigh in on the aftermath of the buyout deal.
1. Good deal for the Magic?
Jacob Frankel: Yes. The primary motivation for this deal is to open up time for the young guys while not having to deal with the antics from Davis. There’s now about 30 minutes a game that can be redistributed among Andrew Nicholson, Tobias Harris, and Kyle O’Quinn.
Spencer Lund: Yes. They needed to cut ties with their up-and-down Shrek. The overlap between Big Baby and Tobias Harris is why we still don’t really know if Harris can be a starter on a playoff team, since he’s always fluctuating between forward spots. The moodiness in the locker room is an awful ailment to expose to the young guys.
Andrew Lynch: Yes. As good a deal as paying someone a tidy sum to play elsewhere can be. Orlando absolutely needed to rid themselves of Davis’ attitude before he dragged the locker room any further into the morass. And with Davis gone, the future is without a doubt now for the young bigs.
2. Good deal for the Glen Davis?
Frankel: Yes. This works out well for Davis, too. He won’t have to deal with playing sparingly on a bad team and will likely be signed by a contender. Yahoo! Sports reported a possible reunion with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, and he could work nicely as a third big for the Clippers.
Lund: Yes. He needs to be a in a winning situation. The plunge from the Ubuntu Celtics to the last couple years in Orlando has been difficult on him. He was never a primary offensive force, more like a tertiary scoring option. But now he might be re-united with his old coach, or land with any number of contenders.
Lynch: Yes. Davis gets a lump payment, and a ticket out of town and away from the rebuilding process with the Magic. He’ll likely end up with a contender, play a few minutes in the postseason, and tell everyone how miserable he was in Orlando — without realizing he was such a big part of the problem.
3. Which Magic player benefits the most from Davis’ absence?
Frankel: Kyle O’Quinn. He’s been playing more and more of late, and we saw him reap the benefits of not being constrained by Davis’ presence. He’s excellent in the pick-and-roll because of his feathery finishing and passing touch, and he even has flashed a solid midrange game, a great asset for a 6-foot-10 guy.
Lund: Tobias Harris. He’s the slinky wing-forward to Davis’ bruising forward-center in a league that’s becoming position-less. Harris has struggled this year, but he showed enough last year that he deserves heavy rotation minutes to figure out just what the Magic picked up in that Redick deal exactly a year ago at deadline time. Davis’ departure expedites our knowledge of Harris.
Lynch: Andrew Nicholson. Tobias Harris and Kyle O’Quinn will still get more minutes than Nicholson, but Big Baby’s departure means that Nicholson actually gets to see the floor. He’s averaged 10 minutes per game after falling out of the rotation in December. That number should double in March and April.