Golden State Warriors guard Baron Davis has opted out of his contract for next year. Davis had reportedly been frustrated by the team’s inability to sign him to a long term deal, as well as their issues re-signing young guns Andris Biedrins and Monta Ellis.
“[Opting out] was a difficult decision, to say the least,” Davis’ agent Todd Ramasar said. “The past couple years, he’s had a lot of success with the Warriors, and I think they’ve had a lot of success with him. But he had gotten to the point that we were at a crossroads and it was something we had to address. … With no extension or deal in place … [opting out] was a bit unexpected but something that I advised Baron to do.”
Unless he does a “sign-and-trade” deal with Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers are the most likely new team for Davis. The only other teams that currently have cap room are Memphis and Philadelphia, neither of which has as urgent of a need at guard as the Clippers.
The Warriors have not commented on any future plans to negotiate with Davis.
Since the 2005-2006 season, Davis has an average of 20.2 points and 8.1 assists per game.