Grizzlies Don’t Offer Davis

By Don Wade

Forward Ed Davis, once considered a key component in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, becomes an unrestricted free agent after the Memphis Grizzlies declined to make Davis a qualifying offer.

In two seasons with the Grizzlies, Davis, 25, averaged 5.5 points per game and 4.2 rebounds. Davis, who played collegiately at North Carolina, saw limited playing time down the stretch last season.

Davis, who is 6-10 and 225, showed occasional flashes of the promise the Grizzlies once believed he held, but was inconsistent enough that first coach Lionel Hollins and then coach Dave Joerger reduced his playing time. Thus, the Grizzlies were not willing to commit $4.3 million to Davis when they appear to be well-stocked in the front court.

“Ed has many years in front of him in the NBA and there’s no doubt he can have a long and productive career,” interim general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “However, in light of the re-signing of Zach Randolph, the continued development of Jon Leuer and the addition of Tennessee native Jarnell Stokes (acquired via trade on draft night last week), it’s in our best interests to keep our options open.”