Anthony Davis’ free-agency drama is over for now
The Lakers gave up a lot — Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — to land Anthony Davis.
It will have been worth it.
After helping lead the Lakers to their first NBA title in 10 years, Davis appears set to forego the opportunities available to him as a free agent and remain in Los Angeles for now. According to The Athletic, Davis, 27, plans to opt out of his $28.7 million player option and re-sign with the Lakers.
The question now becomes what that next deal will be. There are several options Davis could consider, including a one-plus-one deal that would likely make him a free agent again after the 2021 season. It is an enticing possibility for the Knicks, who should have plenty of cap space at that point.
Two other options are a two-plus-one and a three-plus-one which gives Davis the potential to make $253.75 million and $266.4 million respectively when you figure in max extensions. “We’re gonna run it right back,” Davis said during the team’s recent title celebration.
During his first season with the Lakers, the former No. 1 overall pick served as a perfect complement to LeBron James, averaging 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals.
James, 35, has two years remaining on his deal, though the final year of his contract is a player-option.
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