Brooklyn Nets: Ed Davis gets multiyear deal from Utah Jazz

Brooklyn Nets Ed Davis (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Ed Davis (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

According to his agent, free agent big man Ed Davis is leaving the Brooklyn Nets and has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

Ed Davis played a big role in the resurgence of the Brooklyn Nets last season, but the backup center is moving on after one season after agreeing to a two-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, citing Davis’ agent, reported Sunday night that Davis is heading to Utah — which had a big night in free agency — for two years and $10 million.

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Davis, who turned 30 on June 5, is a nine-year veteran and joined the Nets as a free agent last summer after three seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.

He played a big role for Brooklyn, both as their backup center and as a mentor to young big Jarrett Allen, who made significant strides as a rebounder under Davis’ tutelage last season.

Davis played in 81 games for the Nets, starting just one, and led the team in rebounding at 8.6 boards per game — a career-high — despite averaging only 17.9 minutes a night.

He averaged 5.8 points per game and shot a career-high 61.6 percent from the floor, taking 241 of his 302 shots from the restricted area.

Davis was big for the Nets in their Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs, scoring 12 points with 16 rebounds and helping to limit All-Star Joel Embiid to a 5-for-15 shooting night.

But Davis sprained an ankle late in the game and played only 15 minutes in Games 2 and 3 combined before being shut down for the rest of the series. Brooklyn lost all four games after Davis was injured in Game 1.

Davis is the son of former NBA player Terry Davis and was the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out by the Toronto Raptors out of the University of North Carolina.

He played parts of three seasons in Toronto, parts of two with the Memphis Grizzlies, a year with the Los Angeles Lakers and three seasons in Portland before coming to Brooklyn last July.

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He joins a Jazz team that has made some big moves this offseason, agreeing to a trade that will bring in Mike Conley from the Grizzlies and adding shooting by agreeing to a deal with former Net Bojan Bogdanovic.