Thursday , Mar , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors waive Antonio Davis

Toronto, Ontario (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors announced
Thursday that they have waived veteran center Antonio Davis, who has been
battling back problems since late February.

“After receiving a second opinion on Antonio’s lingering back problems, it is
very unlikely that he would return to competitive action this season with the
Raptors,” said team president and general manager Bryan Colangelo. “After
lengthy discussions with Antonio regarding his physical condition and his
general sense of disappointment over his personally difficult year, we have
concluded that it’s in the best interest of both the organization and Antonio
Davis to simply release him at this late point of the season.”

Davis was traded from New York to Toronto on February 3 but played just eight
games for the Raptors this season after sustaining the injury on February 27
against Chicago.

The Texas-El Paso alum played for Toronto from 1999-04 as well, and is the
franchise’s all-time leading rebounder (2,839). Davis averaged 10 points and
7.5 rebounds over his 13-year career with Indiana, Toronto, Chicago and New