Raptors Send Ed Davis to D-League for 'Short-Term Rehab Stint'
Davis, the 13th pick by the Raptors in this year's NBA Draft, tore the meniscus in his right knee during a pickup game outside of Toronto prior to the start of training camp and was just recently cleared to return to basketball action.
"This is a great opportunity for us to gauge where Ed is physically with regard to his knee and his overall basketball conditioning," Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said in a press release announcing Davis' assignment. "This is a perfect example where the D-League can be used as a ready-made and convenient tool in getting an injured player back on the court."
Colangelo is certainly correct, as D-League rehab assignments will hopefully be used more often by NBA teams looking to gauge where players returning from injury are at in terms of conditioning. Fellow lottery pick Jonny Flynn, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, is another candidate to rehab in the D-League as Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis has given Flynn the option of getting back into game shape with the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Davis, a high-upside pick for Toronto, averaged 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as a sophomore at the University of North Carolina before declaring for the NBA Draft. In his only professional experience, Davis averaged 12.6 points and six rebounds with the Raptors this summer in the 2010 NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
With the BayHawks, Davis will join an NBA-caliber cast that includes Alabi, Cleveland Cavaliers assignee Christian Eyenga and point guard Cedric Jackson, a three-time call-up last season in the D-League.