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Published: August 10, 2009, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:39 AM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE -- The Boston Celtics re-signed restricted free agent forward and former LSU star Glen Davis to a two-year-contract that is being reported to be worth $6.3 million.

With that signing, the location of almost all the LSU NBA veterans are pretty much set for the 2009-10 NBA season.

Davis, who averaged seven points and four rebounds in 76 regular-season game last season, became a big force for the Celtics in the playoffs while filling in for the injured Kevin Garnett at power forward.

Davis averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in the playoffs, and hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in the Celtics’ second-round matchup with Orlando. During the first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, Davis averaged 18.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Davis will be one of six returnees to the NBA this coming season. A couple will have new homes this coming year, led by veteran star Shaquille O’Neal who will team with LeBron James to form a powerful tandem for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brandon Bass made his third NBA contract his best, signing a four-year $18 million free agent deal with the Orlando Magic after two years playing for the Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets and two years with the Dallas Mavericks.

Tyrus Thomas will be back for his fourth season with the Chicago Bulls and second year pro Anthony Randolph will be back with Golden State after an outstanding NBA summer league series in Las Vegas.

The only other former LSU player with league time looking for a spot for the 2009-10 season is Stromile Swift, who was released by the Phoenix Suns at the end of the 2009 season.

Marcus Thornton is expected to make the Hornets roster this season as a second-round draft pick, while Garrett Temple and Terry Martin, who both played in the summer league, will be looking to make rosters as free agents heading into training camps.

 

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