The Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats are discussing a trade centered around Glen "Big Baby'' Davis and D.J. Augustin, according to league sources.
The sources cautioned that nothing is imminent, but said the clubs are having discussions.
The Bobcats have been searching for a power forward, and the 6-9 Davis could be their man. The Celtics, meanwhile, have been longing for a backup point guard, and Augustin, who's fallen out of favor with Charlotte coach Larry Brown, would be more than adequate.
A straight-up trade would not work because Davis is a base-year compensation player, so other players would have to be involved to meet the financial requirements. That could be a sticking point in the deal.
While teams don't typically trade big for small, Boston is a bit aggravated with Davis, who's had a few off-the-court problems this season. Most notably, he missed the first 27 games of the season after breaking his thumb in an early morning scuffle with a friend.
We'll post more details as they become available.
Bobcats blogger David Arnott has this to say about Agustin:
I've made my feelings about Augustin pretty clear over the months, and I still believe he can be a solid, young, cost-controlled, point guard for years to come.
However, I'm also pretty sure Larry Brown would rather have Kevin Ollie than D.J. Augustin, and running with Flip or another veteran pickup as the main backup PG might be worth the upgrade in the front court, in his mind. (Acie Law is not anyone's answer.)
Note: David duplicated our poll on Rufus on Fire and Bobcats fans are 46% in favor of the (incomplete) trade rumor as of 8PM EST.
Would you deal Davis for Augustin?
Yes (1263 votes)
No (679 votes)
Depends on the other pieces (668 votes)
2610 total votes