|Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 22. Hello, Ricky Davis||07.29.15 at 12:36 pm ET|
Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.
- No. 25: Hello, Sebastian Telfair.
- No. 24: Goodbye, Semih Erden.
- No. 23: Hello and goodbye again, Antoine Walker.
With that out of the way, here’s No. 22 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.
Dec. 15, 2003: Hello, Ricky Davis.
ARRIVING in Boston
- Ricky Davis: Nine months removed from the a ludicrous attempt to complete a triple-double, Davis was in the second season of his six-year, $34.1 million deal. The establishment of the Garden’s glorious Get Buckets Brigade and his failed between-the-legs dunk against the Lakers showed little evolution of his game, and he was packaged in a deal that returned Wally Szczerbiak‘s even more cumbersome contract two years later.
- Chris Mihm: The 7-footer played 54 games in green before earning the distinction of being involved in the last trade between the C’s and Lakers. Boston dealt Mihm, Chucky Atkins and Jumaine Jones to L.A. for Rick Fox, Gary Payton and a first-round pick in August 2004. This marks the first definitive win of Ainge’s trade history.
- Michael Stewart: He was a throw-in to the trade for Antoine Walker and was out of the league by April 2005.
- Boston’s 2005 second-round pick (Ryan Gomes): The former Providence star’s production during his first two seasons in Boston made him attractive enough to be an asset in Ainge’s 2007 trade for Kevin Garnett.
DEPARTING to Cleveland
- Tony Battie: The Cavaliers traded Batman to the Magic at season’s end, acquiring two key contributors to their 2007 NBA Finals run (Drew Gooden and Anderson Varejao) in return. Battie signed a four-year, $23 million extension in Orlando, starting all 82 games in 2005-06 before seeing his minutes decline thereafter.
- Kedrick Brown: One of many horrendous draft picks by the previous regime, the No. 11 overall selection in 2001 played 42 more NBA games over the next 14 months before taking his talents to the D-League and abroad.
- Eric Williams: A beloved member of the early 2000’s Celtics, he played out the final 50 games of his contract before joining the New Jersey Nets as a free agent. He could never stay healthy and played for four different teams before retiring at age 34 in 2007 and concentrating on his new career as a “Basketball Wives” star.
|Ex-Celtic Ricky Davis joins D-League’s Maine Red Claws||12.28.11 at 2:07 pm ET|
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. ‘Ricky 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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