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Anthony Davis turns down long-term deal in L.A.

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(Jesse D. Garrabrant | Getty Images)

The Anthony Davis experiment in Los Angeles is off to a great start as the former Cat leads the team in scoring (27.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg) for the Western Conference-leading Lakers.

But has it been great enough for Davis to sign a long-term deal to remain by LeBron’s side in LaLa Land?

The answer to that is no — well, not yet at least.

Davis reportedly said thanks but no thanks to a four-year, $146 million max extension on Tuesday. He will instead wait until the season is over to pursue his options in free agency, where every franchise with enough money in the bank will be interested in adding his elite talents.

Los Angeles hoped to lock Davis down mid-year, but according to Yahoo’s report, Davis is focused on basketball during basketball season and will test the open market this summer. He currently holds a $28.7 million player option with the Lakers for the 2020-21 season.

Yahoo! reports Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told the Lakers front office the news they didn’t want to hear at today’s shootaround prior to tonight’s game against the Knicks.

No one should be surprised by this news, no even the Lakers.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for Anthony Davis turns down long-term deal in L.A.

  1. UKCatAttack
    5:27 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    What is he holding out for? I assume since it’s a “max” deal no one can pay him more than what the Lakers can pay him. Is he looking for a longer term deal? I admit to not knowing much about the way this works, but it seems to me if you’re happy in LA why risk waiting and possibly having a catastrophic injury (e.g. Cousins) that would make your market value much less.

    • Dark Soul
      5:55 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Lakers hold his bird rights and they offered the max so the only thing he can gain is having power to choose where to go If he goes anywhere besides the Lakers he will lose money.

    • TPACAT
      5:57 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Read between the lines; Lebrun is an a$$hole…

    • gobble gobble
      7:19 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      You’re an idiot TPACAT… first off, LeBron has seemed like he’s a good dude considering his position in society. Also, AD turned down the offer bc if he waits till this summer to sign instead, he will get $56 million more. Read between the lines, you’re dumb af

  2. CrystalBall
    5:48 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Good question.

    • TPACAT
      12:01 am January 9, 2020 Permalink

      With a name like “gobble gobble” I think I’d keep my mouth shut for once…

  3. BigBlueWildcats
    6:09 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    He was offered the current max which is 4 year 146mil. If he waits til summer he can the receive 5 years over 200mil. Thats why he is waiting.

  4. trumpetguy
    6:34 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    AD doing same thing Durrant did, Paul George/Kawhi Leonard did….waiting it out and join others for the so-called super team. Elite players will get their $$$, now just finding the right combination of players/friends to win a title or two!

  5. trumpetguy
    6:37 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Another possibility is to bide time, not be obligated to any team, then join LeBron to which ever team drafts his son in about 3 more years.

    • gobble gobble
      7:24 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      When I glanced at your user name, the first thing that came to mind was “this guy must be dumb”… then I read your comment and it left zero doubt in my mind. I realize Trumpists don’t use what one would call “logic” to form their views and opinions, but damn, you REALLY threw logic out the door with this comment…

    12:05 am January 9, 2020 Permalink

    Talk about being an idiot, gobble; the guy’s name is TRUMPETguy, as in the musical instrument! Just zip it up, cockgobbler…