Feb 18, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis (11) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) reach for the loose ball during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The title says it all, the Orlando Magic were unable to negotiate any salary cap relief in their Glen Davis buyout according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:
No savings. No stretch, 100% cap hit next season at $6.6 million. They tried to find a trade partner and simply found no interest.
There was no real incentive for Davis to take a discount. His salary for this year and next were fully guaranteed. Cutting Davis wasn’t a cap move or a money saving technique. The Magic simply wanted him gone that badly.
They felt that his volatile attitude did not play well with the rebuilding culture they have fostered in Orlando. His multiple off the court incidents and poor play meant that he was simply in the way.
Moving him frees up playing time for the stable of young bigs on the Magic roster. Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O’Quinn figure to get more minutes, while Tobias Harris slides down to get the start at power forward.
Davis signed a contract for the veterans minimum with the Los Angeles Clippers after being released, so the Magic technically save the amount of money that the Clippers will pay him. But since that deal offsets any Orlando money, Davis had no incentive to sign for any more than the minimum since it wouldn’t increase the money in his pocket.
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