Anthony Davis has a $28.eight million participant choice for subsequent season. There’s zero probability he picks that up.
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Davis mentioned when requested proper after the Lakers clinched the title.
That’s not precisely what Lakers’ followers wish to hear. This reply later was higher.
“I had a good time in L.A. this primary yr. This has been nothing however pleasure, nothing however amazement,” Davis mentioned. “Over the subsequent couple of months, we’ll determine it out. I imply, I’m not 100% certain, however that’s why my agent is who he’s and we’ll talk about it and determine it out.”
Davis not absolutely committing is true out of the playbook of his agent — Wealthy Paul, the identical agent as LeBron James — and one thing LeBron has at all times carried out. Depart the door open for negotiations.
In actuality, Davis isn’t going wherever. For one factor, he pressured himself to the Lakers each to win a title (field checked) and to extend his visibility and assist his advertising. He’s not leaving that now for the groups with max cap house (you assume he’s leaving LeBron and the Lakers for Atlanta or Charlotte?).
Second, the Lakers can supply extra money — $32.7 million subsequent season, a part of 5 years at $189.9 million (this assumes a flat wage cap from this season).
Davis merely will not be strolling away from any of this. It’s not simply my opinion, good luck discovering anybody in an NBA entrance workplace that anticipated Davis to be in play this summer time. As soon as he engineered the commerce to the Lakers, he was staying. Profitable a hoop simply additional sealed the deal.
So does how shut Davis has turn out to be with LeBron.
“Me and Bron’s relationship, we’re at all times shut. You guys know that,” Davis mentioned. “I acquired to L.A., he’s the primary one to textual content me, congratulate me, invite me to his home. We type of celebrated then. We’ve simply grown over this previous full type of yr, particularly right here within the bubble, as a result of we have been round one another every single day. So we have been in a position to actually join off the ground [in a way] that you just may not have an opportunity to do it if you’re in L.A…
“Studying from him helped me be in these moments. I don’t know if he realized something from me. I imply, he has type of seen all of it, been by way of all of it. However simply being round him, the best way he acts and the best way he leads and the best way he enjoys life, being round his household and having fun with the sport of basketball, it simply pushed me to turn out to be a greater individual and a greater participant.”
That doesn’t sound like somebody leaving the Lakers.
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