CLEVELAND – After getting over some initial shock, Baron Davis is excited to be coming to the Cavaliers.
“I can’t wait to join my new team, bring good energy and help us win games,” Davis posted on his Facebook page. “I’m ready to call The Q home and bring some excitement!!! See you soon Ohio! The Beard is on its way!”
Davis, acquired Thursday from the Los Angeles Clippers along with a first-round pick in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon, was not at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday when the Cavs hosted the New York Knicks.
Davis, 31, is expected to arrive in Cleveland today, as are big men Luke Harangody and Semih Erden, acquired Thursday from Boston for a second-round pick in 2013.
Davis, who will wear No. 85 with the Cavs, spoke with coach Byron Scott on Thursday night, Scott calling it “a great conversation.”
When Davis played for Scott in New Orleans in 2004-05, player and coach had their differences, with the point guard getting traded to Golden State after appearing in only 18 games. Both have said on several occasions they’ve put their differences behind them and now have a solid relationship.
“He was excited about the opportunity to come here,” Scott said. “He’s heard a little about the organization. That’s what I emphasized to him.
“I just told him how unbelievable this organization is and I thought he’d really enjoy being here,” the coach added. “His quotes back to me were he’s really looking forward to it.”
Davis also told Scott he’s not quite ready to play due to a sore knee, but player and coach are looking forward to giving things a second try.
“It’s going to be fun to be reunited, despite what everybody thinks,” Scott said.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, acquired from Denver on Monday, was criticized Thursday on TNT by Nuggets coach George Karl for not having a desire to play defense.
“That’s George Karl,” Anthony said. “I try not to pay too much attention to that. I know what I did in 7½ years there. … All that stuff, I don’t know where it’s coming from, but I try not to pay too much attention to it.”
Anthony is happy to be in New York, where he will share the spotlight with Amar’e Stoudemire.
“Anything new, there’s always pros and cons to it,” Anthony said. “The pros to this situation is that everybody’s excited. Everybody’s happy we won the first game (Wednesday against Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden). There’s a lot of energy. The cons are, ‘Is it going to work?’ We’re always going to have to answer that question until we prove to everybody that it will work. And it will work. I have no doubts about that.”
Though Anthony led Syracuse to the 2003 NCAA championship as a freshman, the knock on him in the NBA, in addition to his lack of defense, is that he hasn’t won. Ditto for Stoudemire, another player not noted for his defense.
“(Stoudemire) has won everything but a championship. Carmelo the same way,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I told them (Thursday), ‘They are who they are. No matter what happens, you’re Carmelo. Now can we get to that level of being champions?’”
Scott had high praise for first-year general manager Chris Grant, who pulled off two deadline deals that look like they will make the Cavs better going forward.
“We addressed a bunch of needs I thought we wouldn’t be able to do for another year or so,” Scott said. “Just like I told C.G. when it was all said and done, I gave him a big hug and said, ‘You did an unbelievable job.’
“I think he answered a whole lot of questions of a lot of people outside this organization,” Scott added. “We all felt he was definitely the right man for the job. I know from a personal standpoint, dealing with him from Day 1, the man knows what he’s doing. For him not to panic, like a lot of people probably thought he would do and make a trade earlier in the season, that shows the type of confidence he has in himself.”
Cavs shooting guard Anthony Parker had his name bandied about quite a bit in the days leading up to the trade deadline, but the 35-year-old is happy to still be in Cleveland, despite the
NBA-worst 10-47 record the Cavs brought into Friday’s game.
“I was kind of hoping I’d still be here,” Parker said. “I think my name was the most talked-about name out there that didn’t end up getting moved.
“You almost try to remove yourself from it and follow along,” he said of all the deals and rumored deals. “If you’re not involved in the conversation, it’s actually a fun day. When you’re involved, it’s a different story.”
Parker, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, is open to re-signing with the Cavs, but knows nothing is etched in stone.
“I think it’s a situation where you have to see where everything is at the end of the season,” he said.
“I like it here. I like Cleveland.”
Davis, who grew up in Los Angeles and played his college ball at UCLA, also thanked Clippers fans for their support on his Facebook page.
“First and foremost, I want to say thank you to the fans in LA and all of Clipper Nation,” he posted. “Not many guys get the chance to play at home in front of their family and friends the way I have been able to the past couple seasons, and I am grateful for that opportunity. My former teammates will always be my family, and I wish them and the organization nothing but the best.”
There have been reports Turkey native Erden is homesick and is considering not returning to the NBA next season in favor of playing in Europe. His mother, who lives in Turkey, is very ill.
• Erden will wear No. 9 with the Cavs, while Harangody will don No. 44.
• Cavs guard Daniel Gibson, who sat out Wednesday against Houston due to a personal matter, was back in uniform.
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