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.