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News » Davis will receive a qualifying offer

Davis will receive a qualifying offer

Davis will receive a qualifying offer


Celtics president of Basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed yesterday the team will make a qualifying offer to forward Glen Davis.

By virtue of that, if another NBA team were to sign Davis, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet, Boston would have seven days to match it.

Davis, whose annual salary is $711,517, increased his value with strong performances late in the regular season and playoffs, replacing the injured Kevin Garnett in the starting lineup.

Davis averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in the postseason, and hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer in Game 4 of the second-round series against Orlando.

Also, guard Eddie House will decide today on whether to accept his $2.86 million option for next season or become a free agent, according to agent Mark Bartelstein.

Marbury seeks return

Free agent guard Stephon Marbury said he would like to re-sign with the Celtics if he is offered a fair deal.

Marbury will be an unrestricted free agent beginning tomorrow and is excited about the possibility of making a title run again next season.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has said he hopes Marbury will be back.

``I'm not trying to get a bunch of money,'' Marbury said. ``I know Boston doesn't have a bunch of money. I'm not seeking out teams with more money. I want to play for a championship-contending team. I can't play for a young team that's not in a position to compete for a championship.

``I want to play in Boston. I'm not going to say that I don't. But I know the way that business works. If I don't come back it won't be because of me.''

The Celtics signed Marbury Feb. 27 after he reached a buyout with the Knicks of the final year of his $21.8 million contract. Marbury, 32, was rusty after more than a year without playing, but he showed flashes in averaging 3.8 points and 3.3 assists in 23 regular-season games and 3.7 points and 1.8 assists in 14 playoff games.

Marbury said he has a strong affection for the Celtics and their fans for supporting him through a tough transition and he believes he could be his old self with a training camp under his belt.

He has been working out in Los Angeles and is at the same weight he was when the season ended.

``They brought me in when I was going through some things,'' Marbury said. ``They showed a lot of faith in me. They believed in me, even when I wasn't playing well. The fans and the organization were behind me every day.''

Free agents can begin signing contracts July 7. The Celtics are projected to be in luxury tax territory by about $2 million with free agents such as Davis, Marbury, Mikki Moore, Leon Powe, and possibly House. Marbury is being represented by National Basketball Players Association deputy counsel Hal Biagas, who negotiated his contract with Boston last season.

``I'm excited about being able to play next year, putting everything behind me and doing everything with a clean slate with a brand new beginning,'' Marbury said.

``I'm just waiting for the day they can sign me. If they can't, then I'll start looking at other teams. But I'm not talking to any other teams.''

Affiliation official

Travel will be eased for Celtics who are sent to the Developmental League next season.

Instead of flying to Utah for games, they will be driving two hours north to Portland to perform for the Maine Red Claws, the affiliation between the teams confirmed yesterday.

J.R. Giddens, Gabe Pruitt, and Bill Walker played for Utah the last two seasons, but the logistics of the Boston-Orem trek were problematic.

``We sent Gabe Pruitt to Utah because we wanted to get him some minutes [during the 2007-08 season],'' Ainge said. ``Then, he had an ankle sprain, and we had to fly him all the way back to Boston.

``Now, they can still be a part of the team, they can practice with the Red Claws and come to our games at night.'' The Red Claws also will be affiliated with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Maine general manager Jon Jennings said he has interviewed more than 20 coaching candidates and will make his choice ``in the next couple of weeks.''

``We will run Boston's offense and defense,'' said Jennings, a former Celtics assistant. ``We want to have a very aggressive defensive team and also an up-tempo offensive team.

``I am looking for a more progressive coach, someone who really looks to use statistical analysis, for instance; someone who has a more modern outlook on the way to do things on and off the court. We have some tremendous candidates for the job and we are honored by the level of interest.''

The expansion D-League team in Springfield will be affiliated with the Knicks, Nets, and 76ers.

Frank Dell'Apa can be reached at f_dellapa

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