It was never a question of whether or not Anthony Davis was going to opt out of his player option, it was always a matter of how much money will the Lakers pay him once he does?
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers forward and current NBA reigning champion will officially opt out of his $28.7 million player option with L.A., making him a free agent this offseason. Free agency for the 2020-21 season will start on Nov. 20.
Yahoo Sources: Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is officially declining his $28.7 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 16, 2020
Davis, alongside Finals MVP LeBron James, was one of the best players on the court as the Lakers cruised to a 4-2 Finals win over the Miami Heat. The seven-time All-Star and former Kentucky Wildcat put up postseason averages of 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 21 outings while shooting over 57 percent from the floor.
It’s long been expected that Davis would opt out of this player option in order to quickly sign a long-term deal with the Lakers. Exactly one month ago, The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report that Davis would opt out and re-sign with L.A. A new maximum contract with the Lakers could see Davis earn $146 million over the course of four years. Not a bad reward for helping lead the historic franchise to its first title since 2010.