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Davis feels good about future

By Gary Washburn
Globe Staff / July 15, 2010

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LAS VEGAS — Glen Davis did not want to talk about Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Not that he’s moved on, he remains in pain.

The excitement that was generated from the re-signings of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and the addition of Jermaine O’Neal has motivated Davis, who should get an increased role with the impending retirement of Rasheed Wallace.

Davis flourished during the second half of the season and was pivotal in the Game 4 Finals win over the Los Angeles Lakers with 18 points. Yet in the final three games of the series, Davis scored 6 points in 61 minutes as the Celtics fell short of their goal.

He wants another chance. And the competition is even more difficult with the sudden emergence of the Miami Heat with their version of the Big Three — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

“A team that we have been playing with for a while and now we’re back again and have another chance to go play for a title,’’ Davis said while watching a Las Vegas Summer League Game. “I’m ready. Everybody, they know what’s going on now and how serious it is. And the new teams that are in the [running] now and what we have to do to make sure we get back there. Miami is another team that’s going to be in our way, and we’ve got to handle our business and do what we’ve got to do.’’

Davis is expected to be the first forward off the bench next season, and could see more time in the middle with Kendrick Perkins out until at least February because of torn knee ligaments.

“I am working on everything, making sure that I come ready,’’ Davis said. “With Rasheed retiring, I have to make sure that I deliver. I’ve been working hard and I have to make sure I have to fill his role.’’

Departure a mystery
The Celtics have more needs after losing Tony Allen to the Memphis Grizzlies. Allen left even though the Celtics could have exceeded the $10 million, three-year contract the swingman received.

“We had a good six years with Tony,’’ said Celtics president Danny Ainge. “I think you’d have to ask Tony [why he left]. We wanted Tony back. We tried to get him and it wasn’t a financial decision. It was other decisions. That’s something you’d have to ask Tony.’’

The Celtics have two remaining free agents from last season’s team: Nate Robinson and Brian Scalabrine. Ainge said the team is talking contract extension with Robinson.

“I’m not sure that there’s progress,’’ Ainge said. “I think I know where he stands, I think I know where we stand, and the conversations continue. These kinds of things can happen in an hour or they can take a bunch of days. I’m not sure.’’

Scalabrine said in an e-mail that he is talking with the Celtics about returning next season. A Celtic since 2005, Scalabrine played a significant role in Boston’s 2009 playoff run, but saw limited time last season.

In his sights
Ainge said the Celtics have a long list of targets, but he acknowledged interest in free agent forward Josh Howard. He also said they were waiting to see how situations play out with Orlando’s J.J. Redick (a restricted free agent who signed an offer sheet with Chicago) and Jazz guard Wesley Matthews (who signed an offer sheet with Portland).

“It’s a challenge, because if you have a bird in the hand, sometimes you need to take it because you’re waiting for something you see better but might not be there if you wait too long,’’ Ainge said. “There’s a lot of players still waiting for something. There’s an offer sheet for Portland and Utah. Two teams right there with a little uncertainty that’ll have some money to spend depending on which way that goes. There’s an offer sheet with Orlando and Chicago. There’s a couple more teams that are looking for wings depending on which way that goes. So yeah, there’s some waiting go on.’’

Williams to Nuggets
The Celtics appreciated Shelden Williams’s effort and diligence in his one season, but a lack of production in key moments down the stretch cooled the team’s interest in bringing him back. Williams agreed to a one-year deal yesterday with the Denver Nuggets, with a slight increase over the $825,000 he earned last season. With Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen recovering from injuries, the Nuggets needed frontcourt depth.

Gary Washburn can be reached at Julian Benbow of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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