There’s never a bad time to be a Lakers fan, because even the franchise’s hard stretches typically end with the acquisition of a superstar. But man, now is one really good time to be a Lakers fan.
Less than 24 hours after LeBron James agreed on an extension with Los Angeles, told Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski that Anthony Davis is about to sign a maximum five-year, $ 190 million contract with the Lakers. He could sign the contract as soon as Thursday.
While Davis signing with the Lakers was not at all shocking – the guy forced himself out of New Orleans and then won a championship in his first season with James – the structure of the deal is interesting because he had the ultimate control over how he would create his future.
Here are the details of Davis ‘new deal based on the latest reporting, plus an overview of what the Lakers’ list will look like now that the free agency is essentially complete.
Anthony Davis contract information
Davis reportedly considered several short- and long-term contract options before landing on the five-year max. The most likely contract terms appeared to be three years for $ 106 million with a player option attached to last season. That would have allowed Davis to hit 10 years in total in the NBA before jumping back into free agency, entitling him to sign 35 percent of the salary cap.
Really thought AD would sign the shorter 2 + 1 deal and then sign again when he had 10 years of service and could get 35% max. Estimates he leaves about $ 8 million on the table and does it this way. But it is also possible that he will get it back if cap # bursts up between ’22 and ’24.
– John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) December 3, 2020
Instead, Davis chose to go through the five-year door of $ 190 million, which includes an option for termination before the final season (2024-25) per. Wojnarowski.
|2020-21||$ 32.7 million|
|2021-22||$ 35.3 million|
|2022-23||$ 37.9 million|
|2023-24||$ 40.6 million|
|2024-25||$ 43.2 million|
Excluding an unlikely shift in either Davis or the organization’s thinking, the seven-time All-Star will be a member of the Lakers through at least his 31-year season.
Lakers offseason moves, roster changes
The Davis signing sets the stage for an incredible offseason for the Lakers. They should be championship favorites after upgrading with multiple moves.
- Added via free agency: Marc Gasol, Montrezl Harrell, Wesley Matthews
- Added via trade: Alfonzo McKinnie, Dennis Schroder
- Detained: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Anthony Davis, Jared Dudley, LeBron James (extension), Markieff Morris
- Lost: Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook, Danny Green, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo
Lakers coach Frank Vogel has yet to offer any clues about his rotation, but the depth map might look like this:
|PG||LeBron James||Alex Caruso|
|SG||Dennis Schroder||Alex Caruso, Horton-Tucker Languages, Wesley Matthews|
|SF||Kentavious Caldwell-pope||Jared Dudley, Kyle Kuzma, Wesley Matthews, Alfonzo McKinnie|
|Pf||Anthony Davis||Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris|
|C||Marc Gasol||Montrezl Harrell, Markieff Morris|
No matter how the players change over the next few seasons, Davis will be the cornerstone of the franchise and the Lakers must remain a title contender.
“We are not just looking at this as a one- or two-year window,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka told reporters last month. “We want to stay competitive in the long run and make decisions that allow us to do just that and not just shoot all our bullets to try to defend for a year. We want to be able to be a sustainable competitor.”