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Report: Jazz trade Ed Davis to Knicks

Ed Davis, Knicks, Jazz

The Utah Jazz are trading veteran big man Ed Davis to the New York Knicks for two 2023 second-round picks, per Tony Jones of The Athletic.

This Davis move frees up some cap space for the Jazz, who have to sign All-Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell to a rookie-scale extension this offseason. Utah also wants to re-sign Jordan Clarkson, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Ed Davis signed a two-year, $9.77 million contract with the Jazz in the summer of 2019 as a free agent. He made $4,469,063 in 2019-20 and is set to make $5,005,350 in 2020-21.

With the Jazz in 2019-20, Davis averaged 1.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. He’s now joining a Knicks team that waived veteran Taj Gibson and declined Bobby Portis’ 2020-21 team option on Thursday.

New York is coached by former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who won the 2011 Coach of the Year Award with the Bulls. The Knicks’ new president of basketball operations, meanwhile, is former CAA agent Leon Rose.

Davis has career averages of 6.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 668 NBA games with the Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets and Jazz. He’s on an expiring contract and is a solid veteran, which is why the Knicks likely acquired Davis from the Jazz.

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