Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson spent some quality time with Davis, his buddy and former teammate, over the weekend in Los Angeles, bonding and talking about old times.
Jackson said that Davis wants to return to the Warriors.
“That’s all we talked about. . . . He wants to come back. And if he wants to come back, I want him back,” Jackson told the Contra Costa Times.
Davis denied that he is ready to bail off the listing 8-21 Clippers ship.
“No, I don’t want out,” he told The Times on Monday at practice. “I don’t know what Stephen Jackson got from my conversation. That never came out of my mouth.
“I’m here. I’m here doing the same thing I did at Golden State. The first year I got to Golden State it was rough. It was a tough season. We were figuring each other out, figuring out the system. That transition year is always a tough year.”
He did confirm some elements of Jackson’s account.
“We talked about how I miss playing with him. When you see people, you miss what you had,” Davis said. “Obviously, in no way shape or form am I ready to jump ship.
“That’s not why I came here. That’s not why I committed to come here. I’m committed here to turn this thing around. I like the talent on this team, I like the promise.
“The team is going to get better. My job is to continue to get better and make this year as positive and productive as we possibly can.”
Clippers General Manager and Coach Mike Dunleavy was asked whether Davis had asked to be traded. The relationship between Dunleavy and Davis often has been uneasy.
“I haven’t had any of those kind of conversations with Baron,” Dunleavy said.
Dunleavy said he did not plan to speak to Davis about Jackson’s comments.
“You read about guys saying stuff all over the place and you never know what’s true and not true, and how it’s perceived or not perceived,” Dunleavy said. “From our standpoint, he’s our player and we’re trying to make the best of our situation.”
The truth probably lies somewhere in between: Baron Davis clearly isn’t all that happy as the Clippers starting PG. He’s also savvy enough to realize that he’s here to stay and that there are enough attractive personal diversions, be they business opportunities or proximity to family, to keep him comparatively satisfied as a human being.