TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors waived Antonio Davis on
Thursday, effectively ending a season in which the center was
suspended for five games for climbing into the stands after his
wife got into a confrontation with a fan in Chicago.
Davis missed the past 12 games after injuring his back in the
third quarter of a game against Miami on Feb. 27. He was acquired
in a trade with New York on Feb. 3, shortly after serving his
suspension. He appeared in eight games with Toronto averaging 4.4
points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.9 minutes.
"After receiving a second opinion on Antonio's lingering back
problems, it is very unlikely that he would return to competitive
action this season with the Raptors," said Bryan Colangelo, the
team's president and general manager. "After lengthy discussions
with Antonio regarding his physical condition and his general sense
of disappointment over his personally difficult year, we have
concluded that it's in the best interest of both the organization
and Antonio Davis to simply release him at this late point of the
When Toronto acquired him he took a few extra days to report,
but said he would honor his contract.
The trade came a day after Davis' wife, Kendra, was charged with
misdemeanor battery for allegedly throwing a cup of coffee at a
woman during a traffic dispute last fall.
Davis, who had previously played with the Raptors from
1999-2004, is the franchise's all-time leading rebounder with
2,839. The 38-year-old said he was contemplating retirement after a
trade from Chicago to New York before the season.
Davis is the president of the NBA players' association. He is in
the last year of contract that pays him almost $14 million this