Reporting Matt Loede
INDEPENDENCE, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Cavaliers guard Baron Davis is out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his back between his L2 and L3 according to the team.
Davis has been absent from the start of Cavs training camp while seeking out a second opinion about the injury. The normal timetable for a return from a bulging disc if 4 to 6 weeks, unless you have surgery, which could take then 6 to 8 weeks to return.
Danilo Gallinari, formerly of the New York Knicks and now of the Denver Nuggets, missed two and a half months with a similar injury in the 2008-09 season.
A bulging disc occurs when one of the discs between your vertebrae develops a weak spot and pops out beyond its normal perimeter.
The team has a decision to make about Davis, and if they will exercise the “amnesty clause” on him to save the team the $13.9 million he is owed. The team has until Friday to decide if they will use the clause on Davis or not.
“I love Baron, but I also want what’s best for him and what’s best for this team,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said Wednesday afternoon. “Whatever decision we make, most of decision will be left up to (GM) Chris (Grant), but whatever we do will be fine with me.”
Guard Daniel Gibson missed Wednesday’s practice with a tooth extraction, and the team stated guard Manny Harris will miss about two weeks with a right foot ulcer.
Forward Omari Casspi remains day to day with a right knee sprain.