Baron Davis Signs Five Year, $65 Million Deal with LA Clippers

Atlanta, GA 7/02/2008 09:34 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Baron Davis signed a lucrative five-year deal worth $65 million with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Davis played for the Golden State Warriors since 2005 and led them to one of the biggest playoff upsets in recent NBA history when they defeated the no. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs.

Last season, he averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season, playing all 82 games for the first time in his career since playing for the Charlotte Hornets in the 2001-02 season.

Davis is a Los Angeles native, attending Crossroads School for high school and then UCLA. His signing is expected to bring more fanfare for the ill-fated Clippers, who now have to determine the future of fellow free agents Elton Brand and Corey Maggette.

Brand told team officials that he would opt out of next season's $16.4 million salary and take a pay cut if the organization brought him more help. With the signing of Davis and the selection of scorer Eric Gordon in the draft, it is evident that the Clippers are moving in a better direction.

With the lucrative contract of Davis and hopeful re-signing of Brand, it is unlikely that the team will have enough money to also re-sign Maggette, who has been receiving interest from San Antonio, Orlando and Boston.

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