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Baron Davis wouldn't fit in with Lakers

November 2, 2011 |  6:27 pm

Baron Davis, in his debut with the Clippers in 2008.He spent most of his time with the Clippers whining. He hardly ever showed up to training camp in shape. And his supposed leadership qualities evaporated as quickly as the losses piled up.

And Baron Davis hopes the Lakers will just pick him up as Clippers leftovers?

Yes, I sneered when I read ESPN.com's Marc Stein report that Davis either wants to play for the New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats or the Lakers should Cleveland make him a free agent.

The Lakers need youth. So why would they add a 32-year-old guard?

The Lakers ended the 2011 playoffs in embarrassing fashion, with injuries, fatigue and complacency catching up to them. So why would they add someone who has also suffered those qualities?

The Lakers have limited finances because of long-term contracts and what will likely entail a higher luxury tax. So why would they pursue someone who is slated to earn $30 million in the next two seasons?

There's only one scenario that makes this remotely possible, and that's based ona lot of assumptions. Davis will have to accept much less money to return to his hometown. It would also have to be a short-term deal so the Lakers can save up to pursue Deron Williams or Chris Paul for next year's free agency. Davis can't expect a significant role right away or cut corners.  

Davis surely has the talent and could help the Lakers at point guard. The supporting cast around him would force him to swallow his ego. Winning may ease Davis' mood swings. With so much uncertainty how a lockout shortened season will evaporate the Lakers' energy or whether Mike Brown will truly win over his players, however, adding Davis to the mix wouldn't be worth the risk. 

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--Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Baron Davis looks to make something happen in his debut as a Clipper in 2008 as he leaves his feet between the Lakers' Lamar Odom, left, and Andrew Bynum. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times / October 29, 2008


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