Glen Davis' time with the Orlando Magic has ended.
The Magic and Davis have reached a buyout agreement that will end the burly power forward's tumultuous tenure with the franchise.
"It became apparent that they felt it was necessary to try to allow their younger players more time on the court and were in a full rebuild mode," said Davis' agent, John Hamilton.
"That also meant that would probably impact Glen's time on the floor. So this is probably the best thing for both the Magic and for Glen. It gives him the opportunity to start anew with a new club that's in the playoff hunt, and it gives the Magic the opportunity to put their young guys on the floor and give them valuable time playing."
Davis was under contract for $6.4 million this season and was due to earn $6.6 million from the Magic next season.
Hamilton would not disclose the terms of the buyout.
Davis' release could be announced as early as Friday morning. If he clears waivers, Davis would be able to sign a free-agent deal with a contending team.
Davis, 28, didn't figure into the Magic's long-term plans.
The move subtracts Davis' well-documented volatility from the locker room, where there are impressionable youngsters.
Parting ways with him also allows the team to allocate more playing time to second-year big men Kyle O'Quinn and Andrew Nicholson. The team also could shift Tobias Harris from small forward to power forward, which would enable coach Jacque Vaughn to utilize a three-guard lineup in which Victor Oladipo, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo play simultaneously.Magic officials had trade talks with multiple teams about Davis in recent weeks but couldn't work out a deal before the 2013-14 NBA trade deadline expired Thursday afternoon.
The team didn't make any trades.
"It's one of those things where you never know what's going to happen on the deadline because you're dependent on other teams to make deals," General Manager Rob Hennigan told 580 AM, the radio outlet that broadcasts Magic games.
"And, sometimes, deals work out. Sometimes, they don't. We were able to kind of walk into it, and we explored some things and certainly looked at different ways to possibly improve the team. But it just didn't manifest itself today, and we're certainly OK with that."
Hennigan did not make himself available for comment to other media outlets.
Davis enjoyed highs and endured lows during his Magic tenure, which began in Dec. 2011 following a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics.
For most of the 2011-12 season, Davis backed up Ryan Anderson and struggled to earn the playing time he wanted.
On Feb. 3, 2012, Davis spoke up during a team shootaround and got into a screaming match with then-coach Stan Van Gundy; after Van Gundy dismissed Davis from practice, Davis damaged a wall as he stormed into the Magic locker room.
That season, Davis also had a verbal altercation with a fan in Portland, Ore., before a game.
But Davis assumed a central role for the Magic once Dwight Howard was lost for the remainder of the season because of a back injury. Davis filled in at center during the team's first-round playoff series loss to the Indiana Pacers and played well against the Pacers' much taller center, Roy Hibbert.
The Magic made Davis a co-captain for the 2012-13 season, and Davis embraced the role and flourished under the team's new coach, Jacque Vaughn. Davis helped lead the rebuilding Magic to a 12-13 start. But Davis dislocated his left shoulder during the team's 25th game and later fractured a bone in his left foot. His injuries helped doom the Magic to an 8-49 finish to their season.
Early this season, while still rehabbing his foot, Davis had an off-court incident at a downtown Orlando motel. After a discussion with a front-desk clerk, Davis threw one of the motel's keyboards against a wall. Davis was never charged with a crime.
Davis played a total of 140 regular-season games for the Magic and averaged 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.
Now, both sides are moving on without each other.