The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night added some depth to their frontcourt by signing former Memphis Grizzlies big man Ed Davis to a two-year, $2 million deal, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The second year of Davis’ contract holds a player option.
Davis was drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and was seen as project player with the potential to become a solid NBA starter at power forward. In his rookie season he averaged an efficient 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game, but since then he has not produced at high level and has slid into the role as bench player over the past couple of years.
After spending the first 2 1/2 seasons with the Raptors, where he averaged 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and one block in 24 minutes per game, he was sent to the Grizzlies as part of a blockbuster three-team trade in January 2013 that landed Rudy Gay in Toronto. In Memphis, he struggled to get adequate playing time as he averaged 15.2 minutes per game and only started in eight games over his short tenure with the team. This was highlighted last season in the team’s first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder as he averaged one point and 2.5 rebounds in four minutes per game.
Davis will now have an opportunity to turn things around as he is joining a team where he will likely play a significant role in the rotation of big men with Jordan Hill, Julius Randle and Robert Sacre.
The Lakers now have eight players under contract for next season.
Watch below highlights of Davis from last season:
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