T'wolves Make Offer To Cavs' Restricted Free-Agent Ricky Davis

CLEVELAND (AP) - Guard Ricky Davis signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have 15 days to match the deal.

Cavaliers general manager Jim Paxson would not confirm details of the offer Saturday, adding that he will take all of the allotted time to decide whether to keep the 6-foot-7 Davis.

"I had known that they had interest in Ricky and it was something we were prepared for," Paxson said.

Paperwork was faxed to the league office Friday night, the Timberwolves said.

The NBA's full midlevel salary cap exception is $34.7 million over six years.

The 22-year-old Davis was drafted 21st overall in 1998 by the Charlotte Hornets after his freshman year at Iowa. He was traded to Miami after two years with the Hornets but broke his right foot and played just seven games in 2000-01. He came to Cleveland last October in a three-way deal.

He came on late in the season, averaging 21.6 points in his last 13 games. For the season, he averaged 11.7 points, three rebounds and 2.2 assists.

"He made good strides in the last couple of months of the season and we would expect that to continue," Paxson said. "We value Ricky and the offer sheet shows other people in the league value Ricky as well."

The general manager said he met with Davis and his agent three weeks ago in California but couldn't reach a deal.

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