Wednesday , Oct , 24 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Report: Miami Heat to Acquire Ricky Davis

Think Pat Riley means business? In the last few weeks, Miami’s coach has called Antoine Walker ‘portly’, held midnight training sessions, and declared that Shaquille O’Neal should return half his salary if he continues playing half the games. Now, after a winless preseason, the Gucci sideline boss is trying to stamp out last season’s apathetic play by acquiring Ricky Davis …

ESPN news reports that Miami are close to acquiring T-wolf Ricky Davis: 

    Sources told ESPN.com that the Heat will soon complete a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire swingman Ricky Davis and center Mark Blount. The latest incarnation of the deal, according to one source, has Miami sending Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac and Wayne Simien to the Wolves for Davis and Blount.

My Quick Take: Think Pat Riley means business? In the last few weeks, Miami’s coach has called Antoine Walker ‘portly’, held midnight training sessions, and declared that Shaquille O’Neal should return half his salary if he continues missing half the games.

After a winless preseason, the Gucci sideline boss is trying to stamp out last season’s apathetic play by acquiring Ricky Davis. Here’s what Miami fans can expect from this deal:

The Positive:  

1) Slick Rick’s athleticism will give South Beach a boost. His quick feet and energy helps on both ends of the floor. He could easily fill the third scorer role behind O’Neal and Dwyane Wade; on defense, he has the athleticism to keep his man in check.     

2) Getting rid of Walker’s sizable contract and well, size, is a plus for Miami. The shoulder-shimmy had some decent moments in The MIA, but never fully committed to the team. Davis’ 7 million dollar per year contract expires in July, so there’s little risk for the Heat.  

The Negative: 

1) Right or wrong, Davis has baggage. He’s still perceived as selfish and can’t shake his troublemaker image. These unfortunate incidents occurred earlier in his career, when the hi-flying scorer bounced between Miami, Charlotte, and Cleveland.

2) Doleac rarely played, but he was always professional in his approach. His positive attitude and minutes were useful, especially with Shaq’s injury woes. 
 
The Bottom Line: Davis should provide Miami with an immediate boost. After all, this year it’s all business for Riley and the Heat.
 

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