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Baron Davis interested in reunion with Cavs…as a player

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What the King wants, the King gets, right? Tons of potential free agent signings have surfaced following star LeBron James stating that the team needs a backup point guard and/or a playmaker that can help them on both sides of the ball.

Rumors have circled that the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in adding Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Jameer Nelson, T.J. McConnell, Shelvin Mack, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, and Lance Stephenson.

Although his name has not been brought, former Cavalier and All-Star point guard Baron Davis – yes, that Baron Davis – is interested in a reunion with Cleveland, according to USA TODAY NBA Insider Sam Amick.

Former Cavaliers guard Baron Davis, now 37 years old and more than four years removed from his last NBA game, is known to covet the job and insists he could do it well so long as he had two weeks to get into tip-top shape.

During his 13 seasons in the NBA from 1999-2012, the guard averaged 16.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.8 steals in 34.2 minutes per game. He also shot 40.9 percent from the floor and 32 percent from long distance in 835 games (692 starts). But, that was five years ago. Although he wanted to make a comeback and talked to the Cavs back in February 2015, his hopes of returning to the NBA seem very far-fetched, to say the least. After wanting to return to the NBA in 2015, he signed with the Delaware 87ers (Philadelphia 76ers D-League affiliate) in March 2016 and averaged 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.2 steals in six games.

If you (somehow) forgot, Davis played in Cleveland in 2011, when he came to the wine and gold along with an unprotected first round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Jamario Moon and Mo Williams. That first-round selection hit at the top of the NBA Lottery and turned into the Cavs selecting All-Star Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick.

With the many options, it’s a long shot at best for Davis to be considered, but the Cleveland Indians just did sign Wily Mo Pena. You never know.