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Old 07-01-2008, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Baron Davis to be a Clipper?

LOS ANGELES (TICKER) —Baron Davis will soon return home to join the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a published report Tuesday night.

Citing Davis’ agent, Todd Ramasar, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Clippers reached a verbal agreement with the Los Angeles native and star point guard, who opted out of the final season of his deal with the Golden State Warriors on Monday.

The newspaper said the contract would be worth “in the five-year, $50-million range.”

“From a basketball standpoint it’s always been about winning for Baron,” Ramasar told the Times. “This presented a good opportunity to do that - to pair him with Chris Kaman, and Elton Brand is expected back.”

By NBA rules, the deal cannot be officially announced until July 9, when the league’s free agent moratorium ends.

Tuesday’s report also came one day after Davis had a startling change of heart, leaving $17.8 million on the table to become an unrestricted free agent.

Clippers forwards Brand and Corey Maggette also opted out just before Tuesday’s midnight deadline for declaring free agency, which would leave Los Angeles with some cap space if - as expected - only Brand returns.

But it was a surprise move for Davis, who decided to try the open market after weeks of telling teammates and those close to him that he wanted to remain in Golden State.

The third overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft, Davis opted out of the final season in a six-year, maximum-level contract he signed with the New Orleans Hornets in 2002.
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