Ed Davis said he likes living in Portland. He loves playing for the Trail Blazers. And when his contract runs out in June, he said he hopes he is able to sign another deal to keep him in Portland. But after seven-plus NBA seasons for four different teams, Davis knows what he thinks about an organization, and his desire to stay in a city doesn’t mean much when it comes to the NBA’s trading deadline. The NBA is a business and sometimes, business can be cold. “I talked about it with my lady last night,’’ Davis said. “There’s a good chance that something could happen. We have to be prepared for it.’’ The trade deadline is Feb. 8, and Davis – who is in the middle of a stellar comeback season after undergoing left shoulder surgery – figures to be one of the more attractive assets the Blazers can dangle in their pursuit to improve their roster. Davis is not only working with an expiring contract, which can be attractive to teams interested in saving money, he has once again emerged as one of the premier backup centers in the NBA because of his rebounding, defense and ability to set sturdy screens. What might not be known outside of Portland, and outside of the locker room, is what Davis means to the Blazers beyond the court. Within the Blazers’ locker room, emotions run deep for Davis. He is a mentor. As straight-forward as they come. And he is an old soul who is quick to joke, but also doesn’t promote or stand for ulterior or misguided motives. “I’m not jut saying this to say it,’’ team captain Damian Lillard said, “but it don’t get no better than Ed. That’s just the truth.” It’s why among his teammates, there is a little more excitement, a little more umph to the celebrations when Davis excels, as was the case Friday, when he had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in the Blazers’ win at Dallas.
Damian Lillard says Ed Davis might be too important for Trail Blazers to trade
NBC Sports Northwest | Jan 30