Baron Davis on Trade Rumors: ‘I Don’t Want to Leave’

by December 28, 2010

Despite just about everything having gone wrong since he arrived in town, Davis tells FanHouse that he wouldn’t want the Clippers to trade him: “It’s no secret the Clippers wouldn’t mind trading Baron Davis and the two years and $28.8 million left on his contract after this season. It’s no secret that, with Davis’ production way down, Eric Bledsoe is the Clippers’ point guard of the future. But what could be considered a surprise is how gung-ho Davis is about wanting to remain with the team. ‘It’s tough because it’s the nature of the business,’ Davis said. ‘But it’s tough because I don’t want to leave. I’m here. I came here for a reason. If I were to be traded, I just think that I just never really got a chance to do what I was signed here to do.’ Davis, a native of Los Angeles, signed a five-year $65 million contract as a free agent in the summer of 2008 with his hometown team. ‘I just look at it like you brought me here and you got to give me an opportunity,’ said Davis, who is averaging just 8.8 points and 6.3 assists, the lowest numbers since his rookie season of 1999-2000. He has battled a left knee injury and claims by Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro that he didn’t report to training camp in proper shape. I just want to (have an) opportunity to establish something with this core unit and this group and then we’ll keep going,’ he added.”