In December and early January, Davis missed 11 games with a shoulder injury. The Magic, who were 12-13 at the time, lost 10 straight in his absence.
The hope was that his return to the lineup would spur a resurgence, but the Magic won just once in the past nine games he played.
Nevertheless, Davis had become a team leader and was having the best season of his six-year career, averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
“I feel really bad for the guy,” Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick told the Orlando Sentinel after Thursday's practice. “I know he’s had high expectations for himself and for this team this season, and he’s had a rough go of it. I feel bad for him.”