LOWELL - Following Boston's Eastern Conference semifinal Game 7 loss to the Orlando Magic in May, free-agent-to-be Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis could be seen bidding farewell to anyone that would listen, given the real chance it would be his last game with the C's.
But, after an offseason of what he described as challenging negotiations, Big Baby is ready for another campaign in Celtics green, armed with a new two-year deal.
"The situation with the Celtics worked out perfectly," said Davis yesterday after throwing out the first pitch in the Lowell Spinners' 3-1 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones. "Sometimes timing isn't right. But the timing was right to come back to the Celtics. It's the perfect situation."
Davis was selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft out of LSU by the now-defunct Seattle SuperSonics and immediately traded to the Celtics as part of the deal that sent Ray Allen to Boston.
As a rookie, Davis impressed at times. He finished the year averaging 4.5 points and three rebounds a game in 69 contests, helping the Celtics to their 17th NBA title. But it was last year that he emerged as a key player.
After averaging seven points and four rebounds a game in the regular season, Big Baby was pressed into key action late in the season as the replacement for injured superstar forward Kevin Garnett. He did not disappoint.
In 14 playoff games, Davis averaged a whopping 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, including five games of 20 points or more, and a buzzer-beating game-winner against Orlando.
But, once the C's were eliminated from the playoffs by the Magic, Davis faced the uncertainty of free agency.
"It was tough," he said. "You really understand the difference between being with an organization and business. I found out the rough way how things are. But I respect that.