The Celtics began this season with two young big men on expiring contracts in Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis. They knew they couldn't keep both, so they traded one to Oklahoma City.
Now there's the question of whether they can keep the other.
Davis, addressing reporters in Miami after the Celtics' season-ending 97-87 loss to the Heat, spoke about his upcoming free agency. He said he'd like to stay but has doubts.
"I love Boston," Davis said. "Boston is where I started. I plan on wishing I could stay. But you never know. Look at the Perk situation. He was here for eight years and he wanted to stay. It just might not work my way. That's just how it is."
Davis has played 277 games over his four seasons in Boston, only 31 of them in Doc Rivers' starting five. He says that wherever he goes in the next chapter of his career, be it Boston or somewhere else, he's capable of holding down a regular starting job.
"I know I can. It's not a 'think' or a 'feel.' I know I can," he said. "I want to be a player in this league. I feel like I've got a lot more to offer. I want to show the world my talents, whether it's here in Boston, or wherever."
Davis has a long time to weigh his options. There's still a month to go in the postseason, followed by draft season. Ordinarily, the free-agent signing period would get underway July 1, but with a lockout looming, no one knows for sure.
The coming weeks will be tough for Davis, whose future hinges on the upcoming summer.
"I'm going to not watch TV for a while," he said. "Play with my daughter, be around my family, and just let things take their course."
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