Baron Davis Expected to Sign with Knicks

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on December 18 2011 3:46 PM
Baron Davis
Baron Davis thankfully doesn't have the injury described by the Charlotte Observer. Reuters

Recently released Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis is expected to sign with the New York Knicks, according to a report.

ESPN first reported on Sunday that the former all-star has committed to signing with the Knicks and that a deal could be completed by the end of the day.

The Cavaliers recently amnestied Davis after he suffered a lower back injury that his agent claimed could keep him out of action for 8 to 10 weeks. He had two years, $28 million left on his contract with the Cavaliers, which the team will still pay him.

The deal is expected to be for the Knicks' one-year, $2.5 million exception. Davis last year averaged 13.1 points per game and 6.7 assists per game, but is dealing with two bulging disks in his back.

League sources recently told the New York Post that Davis could be out for only four to eight weeks, which would help shore up the Knicks' shaky point guard situation.

The Knicks were forced to use their amnesty clause on starting point guard Chauncey Billups in order to complete a sign-and-trade with the Mavericks for center Tyson Chandler. The Knicks have given the starting role to Toney Douglas, but also signed veteran point guard Mike Bibby as an insurance policy.

I know him really well, I would love to have him if we have a chance to get him,'' Carmelo Anthony told reporters following the Knicks scrimmage at the Garden. Everyone knows what he can do when he's healthy and focused.''

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