Anthony Davis has agreed to a five-year, $190 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Rich Paul confirms, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal, which can presumably begin at Davis’ most wage of $32.7 million for the 2020-21 season, additionally consists of an early termination choice forward of the 2024-25 season, the fifth 12 months of the deal. With 4 assured seasons, although, Davis has dedicated to the Lakers at the least by his thirty first birthday.
During his first media look since signing the deal, Davis defined that his injury historical past performed a task in his choice to sign the longest doable contract.
Only Lakers in franchise history to receive a $100M contract:
– Shaquille O’Neal (1996)
– Kobe Bryant (2004)
– LeBron James (2018)
– Anthony Davis (2020) pic.twitter.com/4oAQXPhQAQ
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“That could have been a two-year, three-year deal,” Davis informed reporters on Friday. “[But] I have to think about, also, the reality of things, too. I do have a little history with injuries, and a two-year deal, you kind of bet on yourself. … God forbid, knock on wood, something happens. I want to secure the most amount of years possible and be here long term with this team, so I thought the five-year deal was best for me in my situation.”
As Davis talked about, he might have signed a shorter deal to provide himself extra flexibility, however he most well-liked the assured cash and safety of a full five-year max. It additionally did not harm that LeBron James agreed to a two-year, $85 million extension of his personal a day earlier than Davis signed his deal, that means these two can be Lakers teammates for the lengthy haul.
Davis is technically below contract for one 12 months longer than James, however that would not be averted. James will flip 38 in the course of the last 12 months of that deal, and NBA guidelines prohibit long-term contracts from extending past a player’s age-38 season. But each James and Davis are represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, and all indications recommend LeBron plans to spend the rest of his career in Los Angeles. Now, he can really feel safe in realizing that Davis can be proper there with him.
The lone downside is how these offers will restrict the Lakers financially transferring forward. Prior to James and Davis re-signing, eventualities existed through which the two might depart cash on the desk to clear the cap house wanted to sign a superstar free agent subsequent summer time (presumably, Giannis Antetokounmpo). Now, with James and Davis locked in on the max? That chance is probably going gone.
But coming off of a championship season, such a splurge is not one thing the Lakers essentially want. James and Davis is likely to be the NBA’s two finest players getting into the 2020-21 season, and the Lakers revamped their supporting solid by including Dennis Schroder, Wes Matthews, Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell this offseason. With these players in place, the Lakers are positioned to contend so long as James stays a superstar.
And when he now not is one, the Lakers can rest straightforward realizing that Davis is locked in and able to change him because the face of the franchise. The Lakers paid a hefty trade worth to land Davis in 2019. The transfer greater than paid off with final season’s championship. Now, with at the least 4 extra years in purple and gold coming, he’ll only proceed to justify their funding.