Utah Jazz: Could Boston's 'Big Baby' be viable option?

Published: Sunday, July 12 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

If the Jazz don't match the four-year, $32 million offer sheet backup power forward Paul Millsap signed Friday with Portland, they have at least one viable alternate option.

He's Boston Celtics restricted free agent power forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis, and he'd come to Utah without whining about big bucks.

Davis, a Louisiana State product, probably could be had for midlevel-exception money — a multiyear deal starting at $5.854 million, which is about $6 million less than Millsap would cost Utah next season.

"By all means we would be interested," Davis' agent, John Hamilton, said Saturday.

"This (Utah) was one of the teams that was very interested in him when he was coming out (of LSU in 2007), and in fact we thought he'd be drafted by them. So, absolutely: We'd be interested."

Much like the Jazz's two most-recent power forwards — Millsap and Carlos Boozer — Davis is a second-round draft choice playing with a chip.

The burly 6-foot-9, 289-pounder averaged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game last season and had a reserve role on Boston's 2008 NBA title team.

Boston may be willing to re-sign him, but Davis is seeking an offer sheet the Celtics might not match.

— Tim Buckley

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