NBA forward Anthony Davis signs a five-year contract worth up to $190 million with the Los Angeles Lakers, reigning champions, Rich Paul, CEO and founder of Klutch Sports, told ESPN.
According to Paul, the agreement includes an early termination option before the fifth year of its implementation in 2024-25.
Davis, the free agent, has to sign the contract by Thursday. The Commission has considered different scenarios of short and long term contracts before accepting a proposal with a maximum duration of five years, depending on the sources.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Davis will earn $32,742,000 this season, $35,361,360 in 2021-22, $37,980,720 in 2022-23, $40,600,080 in 2023-24, and $43,219,440 in the fifth year of the agreement.
At 27, Davis is the co-star of the Lakers with Lebron James – and crucial to the long-term future of the franchise business. Davis’ arrival in New Orleans to join James helped the Lakers escape six straight seasons in the draw and drive them to a possible 2019-20 NBA championship.
For Davis, the new agreement concludes a journey that began in February 2019, when Paul asked the pelicans to trade with Davis. The contract with Los Angeles was signed in June 2019; after seven seasons with the Pelicans, Davis was sold to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, as well as a pair of first-round players and kicker swaps.
Davis’ agreement was reached after James extended his contract for two years until 2023-24.
James and Davis have no problem joining forces to form the Lakers partnership. Davis averages 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per match. He shot 50% from the ground, 33% from the 3-point distance and 84.6% from the free throw line.
We don’t see this as a window or two at all, said Rob Pelinka, vice president of basketball operations and recently general manager of the Lakers. We want to remain competitive in the long term and make decisions that allow us to do so, not just shoot all our bullets and try to defend ourselves for a year. We want to be in the position of a stable rival.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Anthony Davis improved his post-season performance by an average of 27.7 points with 9.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals. Kevin Cox/Getty Pictures
Before winning his first title, Davis was selected as All-Star-Star of the Western Conference for the seventh time. He won the match with two shots from James’ pass. Davis took second place in the defense rankings by voting for Giannis Antetokunmpo.
Davis improved his post-season performance by an average of 27.7 points – 57% of the ground and 38% of the 3-point line – of 9.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals. Davis began to write a great history for the Lakers, a tradition that included George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Shakeel O’Neill and Pau Gasol.
Although Davis has never finished third in the MVP rankings in his career, his average of 27.2 points and 11.1 rebounds over the past four seasons has put him in the MVP position. Only Antetokunmpo and Russell Westbrook – winners of three of the last four MVPs – achieved an average of 25+ points and 10+ rebounds during this period, according to ESPN Stats & Information data.
Davis turned out to be a spectacular defender, just as destructive as he was offensive. Opponents scored 38% last season, with Davis being the closest defender according to ESPN Stats & Information. Of the 167 players who defended at least 500 shots last season, only Antetokunmpo allowed a lower percentage.
Dave McMenamine, ESPN NBA reporter, contributed to this report.