Memphis, TN – According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Memphis Grizzlies and power forward Ed Davis have begun negotiations towards a potential contract extension. There are no details just yet regarding the type of money that the two sides are talking, but with Davis being a promising young big man, you can expect it’s a decent amount. The two sides have until the October 31st deadline to get a deal done.
Ed Davis was acquired by the Grizzlies last season as part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay north of the border to Toronto. While he didn’t put up huge numbers with Memphis, he had a solid season. Davis averaged 7.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game last season with both the Raptors and Grizzlies. He definitely has a lot of potential, and could very well be the replacement for Zach Randolph when that time comes. While he isn’t the exact same player that Randolph is, he does have quite a few of the characteristics that Randolph has.
Davis has a solid back to the basket post game and has been extending his range to be consistent in the mid-range game. It is unclear what kind of role Davis will have with the Grizzlies this coming season, but it is expected that he will receive a much larger role than he did last year under Lionel Hollins. It will be interesting to see what the numbers are on the extension assuming they get one done.
While the reports of the talks are concrete, there is no way of knowing how close or serious the two sides are at this point. Ed Davis certainly will want to lock down a contract extension, but the Grizzlies won’t force a deal just to get one done. If the two sides do agree to a deal, you can bet that it will be a very fair deal to both sides.