Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis is reportedly eyeing to sign a new deal with the team in the coming weeks and is expected to negate his player option for the next NBA season.
The 2019-20 season has been exceptional for Anthony Davis. The former New Orleans Pelicans star clinched his debut championship title on his first season with Lakers, who lifted their 17th Larry O’Brien trophy last Sunday.
Anthony Davis to re-sign with Lakers in the coming weeks
Back in January, Davis’s agent Rich Paul insisted that the player would go for free agency after the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. Now, as per a report from The Athletic, the forward is deciding to opt-out of the final season of his deal worth $28.7 million in 2020-21 and will pen down a fresh deal with the champions.
The 27-year-old has the option to re-sign with Lakers for $32.7 million for the upcoming season and is also eligible to opt for a five-year-long deal that would be worth in the region of $200 million, or a two/three-year-long deal with player options for the 2nd/3rd year.
Signing a two-year-long deal seems to be the most viable option for Davis, as after next two seasons, the player would enter free agency with 10 years of service, which will allow him for a contract worth 35 per cent of the salary cap. His agent Paul is expected to discuss the contract options in short order.
However, it is to be noted that the salary cap for the coming NBA season is still not known and the current cap of $109 million is expected to take a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the China dispute.
Anthony Davis made 62 appearances in his debut season for Lakers, averaging 26.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. In the 2020 NBA Finals, which was also the first Finals appearance for him, Davis averaged 25.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
The 2020-21 NBA season is scheduled to commence from 18th January.