Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis intends to stay put once free agency opens, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Davis has a player option in his contract for the 2020-21 season and, per Charania, will reportedly opt out of that deal when free agency opens. However, Davis will not be on the market long as he plans to re-sign with the Lakers. Charania adds that Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, will hold meetings in the coming weeks to discuss contract options.
Sources: Anthony Davis plans to opt out of contract and re-sign with the Lakers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 15, 2020
Davis opting out of his deal has been basically a known entity about his future since last winter. Back then, Paul told Sports Illustrated that his client was “going into free agency” regardless of which team acquired Davis (who was then the star player for the New Orleans Pelicans).
In his first season with the Lakers, Davis averaged 26.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 blocks per game in 62 games. In the playoffs, he averaged 27.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.4 bpg as the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in The Finals for the franchise’s first NBA title since 2010.
The former No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 draft was solid in his first Finals, averaging 25.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg and 2.0 bpg as the Lakers won the series 4-2.