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Anthony Davis Expects to Opt Out of Player Option, Re-Sign with Lakers

Just days after capturing his first NBA championship, superstar forward Anthony Davis has no intentions of leaving the purple and gold.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Davis will opt-out of his $28.7 million player option only to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on a longer term deal. At this time, it is uncertain whether Davis will look for a long-term deal or a short-term deal, but it is assumed that whatever contract he is to sign will have some sort of player option clause.

“I have no idea.” Davis said about his impending free agency following the championship victory, “I had a great time in L.A. this year. It’s been nothing but joy and amazement. Over the next couple of months, we’ll figure it out. I’m not 100 percent sure.”

After averaging 26.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during the season, the 27 year old elevated his game even further in the postseason, turning into an unstoppable force alongside Finals MVP LeBron James. In 21 playoff games, Davis averaged 27.7 points and 9.7 rebounds while continuing to be a beast on the defensive end.

The Athletic has projected the following options as potential deals for Davis:

  • Two years, $68,103,360: One-plus-one, player option in year two.
  • Three years, $106,084,080: Two-plus-one, player option in year three. This deal would bring Davis to 10 years of service before 2022 free agency and thus make him eligible for the 35 percent max contract. Using a $125 million cap projection in 2022, Davis’ max deal would be worth $253.75 million over five years, or $196 million over four years.
  • Four years, $146,684,160: Three-plus-one, player option in year four. Using a potential $131.25 million cap in 2023, Davis would be in line for a $266.4 million max over five years or $205.8 million over four years.

Outside of Davis, numerous other Lakers, including Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will enter free agency. If the Lakers hope to run it back, general manager Rob Pelinka will surely have his hands full over the next few months.

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