Anthony Davis Leaving Lakers For Knicks?
Is Anthony Davis leaving the Lakers for the Knicks?
That is the question some are asking after news emerged Tuesday that he had rejected LA’s long-term contract extension.
Davis was officially offered a four-year, $146 million contract extension by the Lakers. Rather than accepting it, he turned it down and will now become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Based on this decision and the fact that Davis had previously expressed interest in playing for the Knicks, some took it as a sign that he may leave LA.
According to Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Chris Haynes, Davis turned this deal down and is declining his $28.7 million player option so that he can sign an even bigger deal with the Lakers.
Yahoo Sources: Los Angeles Lakers offered Anthony Davis a max contract extension this morning, but they were informed he would be bypassing in favor of entering free-agency. https://t.co/9Ce2A4ePbI pic.twitter.com/ODta1H40Zi
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 7, 2020
As an unrestricted free agent, he will be eligible to get a five-year, $202 million maximum contract.
Barring a catastrophe of some sort, there is no reason why the Lakers and Davis would not come to terms on a long-term deal this summer.
In about half a season together Davis and LeBron James have completely turned the Lakers around. The team sits at 29-7 through 36 games and first place in the Western Conference.
On the year, Davis is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.