Davis likely to report

Antonio Davis

Antonio Davis

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

If all goes according to plan, Antonio Davis will begin his second tour of duty with the Raptors tomorrow or Tuesday.

After meeting with Davis and coach Sam Mitchell yesterday in the wake of the trade that sent Jalen Rose and a first-round pick to the New York Knicks for the veteran centre, Raptors interim general manager Wayne Embry said he is cautiously optimistic the ex-Raptor will report early next week.

Davis, who happened to be in Toronto yesterday because the Knicks lost 104-90 at the Air Canada Centre Friday night, underwent a physical with the Raptors, returned to New York to pick up his clothes and then made his way back to Chicago to talk to his infamous wife, Kendra.

While Kendra, who had her issues with Toronto in Davis' previous stint here, probably isn't completely comfortable with the prospect of her husband playing for the Raptors again, there are plenty of reasons to believe Davis will, in fact, show up.

Start with the tone of Mitchell yesterday. Mitchell played with Davis with the Indiana Pacers and he was the big man's choice to be named coach of the Raptors in 2003 when Toronto eventually settled on Kevin O'Neill. In the wake of the O'Neill hiring, Davis whined his way out of town.

"We made a trade for him, yeah (he's going to show up)," Mitchell, who has an excellent relationship with Davis, said. "That's my feeling right now.

"We didn't ask for his word. We never asked him to cross his heart, hope to die, stick a needle in his eye. He's a professional, he's going to honour his contract. Antonio's a professional, the president of the players' association and he's going to do the right thing."

The Raptors are extending the 48-hour window players usually have to report to their new team and Embry said he hasn't contemplated the organization's next move if Davis doesn't check in. While Davis is very disappointed the Knicks shipped him out, he would be giving up more than $6 million US by not playing with the Raptors. The team would be under no pressure to buy out his contract because it expires at season's end. However, Embry said if Davis really doesn't want to be here, he'll do his best to move him.

"Out of respect to him, if there is a place he'd rather be, we'll try to accommodate him," Embry said. "I've always felt if a guy didn't want to be with you, you're spinning your wheels."

Mitchell doesn't believe Davis' previous problems with the organization will be a factor this time around.

"If we talk about what happened in the past, the past will come up," Mitchell said. "But for us, it's not about the past, it's about the future. We know Tone's going to bring some toughness to our team and some leadership to our young guys. We look forward to having him."


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