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Ex-Celtic Ricky Davis joins D-League’s Maine Red Claws

12.28.11 at 2:07 pm ET
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Former Celtics swingman Ricky Davis, looking to make an NBA comeback, signed a contract with the NBA Development League and on Tuesday was claimed by the Maine Red Claws.

Davis is expected to make his debut with the Red Claws this weekend, when they host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (5 p.m.).

“Ricky Davis brings a veteran element to the Red Claws and will undoubtedly become an instant fan favorite at the Portland Expo where many of our fans will remember him from his days with the Celtics,’€ Red Claws president/general manager Jon Jennings said in a team release. ‘€œRicky is someone who knows what it takes to get to and stay in the NBA and is someone who is hungry to return there. We are all excited to welcome him to Maine.’€

Davis, 32, last played in the NBA for the Clippers before being released in the 2009-10 season. He has played in Europe and Asia since.

A first-round draft pick of the Charlotte Hornets in 1998 out of Iowa, Davis averaged 13.5 points per game in his 12-year NBA career. His best season was 2002-03, when he averaged 20.3 points for the Cavaliers, although he developed a reputation as a selfish player. In one memorable moment, he attempted to throw the ball off his own backboard during the closing seconds of a blowout win over the Jazz in hopes of recording a rebound that would give him a triple-double, angering Utah and leading to a fine from the Cavs.

He was traded to the Celtics during the following season and averaged 14.1 points in 57 games (five starts) with the C’s. In his only full season in Boston, 2004-05, Davis averaged 16 points while playing in 81 games (11 starts). He moved into a starting role the following season and averaged 19.7 points in 42 games before being traded to the Timberwolves.

In addition to the Hornets, Cavaliers, Celtics, Timberwolves and Clippers, Davis had two stints with the Heat.

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