Davis, the former third overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, took two years before deciding to make pro basketball comeback in the NBA D-League.
After an extended four-year layoff from the NBA, Baron Davis is mulling a ‘serious’ comeback to professional basketball, according to people close to the former three-time NBA All-Star.
Davis, who ended his previous NBA stint with a horrific knee injury playing for the New York Knicks in 2012, wanted to end his playing career on his own terms and had mulled over the decision to re-enter professional basketball over the last two years.
In order to do so, Davis is planning to go the long way around via the NBA D-League system, accoring to Yahoo! Sports writer Marc Spears. Former NBA veteran Antoine Walker made a similar, though unsuccessful, comeback bid in the NBA through the D-League from 2010 to 2012.
One NBA teams expressed its interest in Davis’ service, namely the Dallas Mavericks. Davis is said to be sent down to its D-League affiliate Texas Legends once he signs. The Mavericks gave Davis a workout last Sunday, according to agent Todd Ramasar, also through Yahoo! Sports.
ESPN writer Jared Zwerling caught up with Davis last August, and said that he felt ‘great’ and could contribute limited minutes on the floor:
Over lunch w/ Baron Davis in Santa Monica, said his NBA comeback is a serious attempt, feels good in runs & thinks can play 20 mins a game.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 11, 2015
Davis last played for the New York Knicks after waived via the amnesty clause by the Cavaliers in 2012. He was limited to a career-low 29 games in the regular season due to a herniated disc on his back that sidelined him until February 2012. He took over Jeremy Lin’s spot as starting point guard after Lin suffered a season-ending injury.
However, Davis struck bad luck in Game 4 of the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs after sustaining a horrific injury. He completely tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL), and partially tore the patellar tendon on his right knee, requiring surgery and one year away from basketball.
Davis is most remembered for his performance in the 2007 NBA Playoffs, where he led the eight seed Golden State Warriors to an improbable upset of top seed Dallas Mavericks, led by season most valuable player Dirk Nowitzki.
The former UCLA Bruin was originally drafted third overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1999 NBA Draft. Through his 15-year career, Davis also played with the New Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks.