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Glen Davis could be ready to go for training camp and cleared to resume basketball activities by the end of the month, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday.
Magic forward Glen Davis (foot) is expected to be cleared to resume basketball activities by month's end, a source told Yahoo! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 9, 2013
Davis broke his foot in January and missed the final four months of the season. He was rehabbing and set to return this summer, but suffered a set back in early July that required him to undergo a second surgery on his leg to replace a screw. It left him in a one-legged wheelchair cart and was a major set back for Davis.
Davis was having a career season last year, scoring 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as the Magic's starting power forward. He was not the most efficient player, but his leadership and determination powered the team's surprising 12-13 loss. Of course at the end of Game 25 things changed when Davis suffered a shoulder injury. The Magic dropped in the standings and Davis never really returned.
Despite a short stint back in January, Davis never returned to his pre-injury form. Just nine games after returning, Davis suffered the broken leg which ended his season.
Since then, Davis has gone on a "cleanse diet" in hopes of losing weight and getting into better shape for another season as a team leader and mentor to the younger players. He had indeed lost weight thanks to his diet, but not being able to work out will be tough for him to stay in basketball shape. Davis also wants to prove he can be a full-time starter in the league. That would have been motivation enough to come back.
Further motivating him should be the logjam at power forward with young players like Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson likely pushing for time at power forward.
Many suspect the Magic will try to trade Davis at some point this season to resolve that minutes crunch. Some believe that is what the Magic were trying to do during their hot start before the injury put those plans on the shelf.
It really feels like Davis is starting over again to some extent.
Davis should be cleared to go right before the Magic open up training camp on October 1 at Amway Center. He will have some catching up to do at that point to be ready to hit the ground running with his teammates. With the Magic's recent history of taking their time with players recovering from injury, it is really uncertain what role Davis will play early in the season and what his true availability for training camp will be.