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What Should the Celtics Offer Glen Davis?

‘Real life is, to most men….a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.’ – Bertrand Russell

First – this is my last article on Glen Davis until something real happens and last article before I ‘Go Fishing’ for about a week or so. Putting up pictures of Yi Jianlian made me realize, it’s time.  (Ya think?) Anyway…..

What is Glen Davis really worth?

How much should the Celtics offer him in order to fit their own plans?

In light of all the Glen Davis drama (or lack of it) and lack of information on any front lately for the Celtics, one scenario hasn’t been mentioned much, at least that I have seen.

That is, would the Celtics make an improved offer over the qualifying offer (slightly over a million) they already tendered to Glen Davis?

I might even suggest a ‘neighborhood.’ How about $9 million over three years for Glen Davis? Start at $2.5, then $3, then $3.5 million. That sounds like  a fair middle ground, doesn’t it?

$2.5 puts the Celtics at $5 mill with the luxury tax, which might be close to what Davis is worth in a different economy. It’s definitely lower than what Glen would really want, one would believe. Why would he do it, then?

Call it…. The Boston Compromise of 2009

In honor of great compromises of the past, like the Great Compromise of 1787, (also called the Connecticut Compromise of 1787) where a debate over the representative apportionment of each state was resolved by Connecticut’s own Roger Sherman’s winning suggestion of a bi-cameral (two chambered) Congress, let a compromise prevail.

Davis gets financial security. The Celtics get another year to see how Glen progresses and fits with the team. Depending on that, Glen is a tradable piece. Would they make that an offer like that? Would Davis and his agent accept it?

Assuming no unmatchable offer surfaces and no sign and trade develops, what do you think each party should do?

To go back to July 1st for a moment….

Based on statements made on July 1st by Danny Ainge:

“Glen will be out there testing the market and seeing what the market dictates.
A lot of guys that were expected to opt out of their contracts didn’t. (Like all of Utah’s possibilities – Boozer, Korver and Okur, to name three. Okur got an extension, as well. -TH)

We probably know that the whole pool of money for free agents isn’t going to be what it’s been in the past…..The agents’ job is to check the market place and try to find out all the interest…teams may have in those free agents.

Some of (the free agents) will come looking for anything later in the summer, so it will be interesting to see how the summer goes.

What becomes the challenge with the Big Three is trying to manage the future and trying to manage the ‘here and now’.

Add to that Doc Rivers thoughts from Scott Souza in the Metrowest Daily from July 9:

“With Baby, we just have to wait. So I’m just trying to give him room to go out there in the free market to see what he can get. … I am (hopeful). But, honestly, I want him back for us. But I also want him to do well for his family and his life.

By many accounts, there was interest by more than a few teams in Davis. The Celtics reportedly turned down a number of sign and trade overtures made by other teams. No doubt, the Base Year Compensation Rules (where Davis’ salary would only count by half its amount in a sign and trade) complicated any offers. On the other hand, no other team has stepped up to make an offer that the Celtics wouldn’t match – that number being suggested by some at $5 million or more.

That would suggest a market value richer than the qualifying offer amount, but less than $5 million. Would it be reasonable to assume that Davis has had offers for around $2.5 to 3 million per year from other teams? Knowing the Cs would match, S&Ts were suggested by some teams…. and dismissed by the Celtics, again by unconfirmed reports.

I have no knowledge of any firm offer from anyone about anything, only the rumors we have all read. Assuming there is a grain of truth to them, I offer a third option. A compromise. The Great Compromise of 1787 was about fairness in representation, The Missouri Compromise was about slavery.

The Great Boston Compromise of 2009 would be about assigning value to a large Louisiana basketball player from Baton Rouge. Like the first Great Compromise, it is being proffered by a Connecticut conduit.

If it ever happens, maybe it should really be called…..The Louisiana Purchase.

Thomas Halzack

4 Responses

  1. Gene S says:

    I, too, like Glen Davis. I feel he gives great effort when he is in. He has the potential to develop several of the midrange shots such as the one which ended a playoff game, and which give opposing defenses fits if he can hit them consistently.

    On defense Big Baby plays much bigger than he is, because of his strength and his understanding of what he is trying to do. He is one of Tom Thibidoux’s more apt pupils. He is capable of spelling Kevin Garnett, with relatively small loss in (for short periods) in team defense.

    If Danny has to pay $3.5 or even $4 million, he should keep Baby.

  2. halzack says:

    Yeah, I just read that, JB.

    Interesting. If I waited a day, I would have been behind the new info, so it makes my timing look good! (I put this up article up early yesterday.)

    I’ll do a rejoinder on it today.


  3. Local Eyes says:

    I like Glen “Big Baby” Davis and hope he returns to the Boston Celtics. He’s been a fine and surprising addition to the team and has played well under several circumstances.

  4. JB says:

    Another nice job, “T.”
    you seem to have found an interesting style, combining a glib sense of humor with your literary,intellectual background.
    While you’re not telling us anything new or exciting, I did learn something and got a cool Bertrand Russell quote out of the process. ;>)
    By the way…. Jeff Goodman quotes C’s brass, who seem to be thinking right along the same lines:

    “According to sources close to the situation, the Celtics brass believes that Davis will be back in Boston next season – either with a multi-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $2 million per year or for a qualifying offer in which Davis would still remain a restricted free agent after next season.”