NBA Rumors: According to a recent report, Anthony Davis re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers seems like a lock.
Before the league hiatus, the Los Angeles Lakers were finally rounding into the contenders that many expected them to be. With recent wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers in the matter of one week, the Lakers, led by Anthony Davis and LeBron James, had emerged as, arguably, the favorite to win the 2020 NBA Championship.
Now, though, as the collective NBA world awaits a resumption of the 2019-20 season – or, and hopefully not, the cancelation of it – there’s one storyline that has taken a backseat this season in light of the Lakers looking for their first championship since the 2009-10 season.
That’s the impending free agency of Anthony Davis, who the Lakers traded for during the offseason. Davis could test free agency this summer if he declines his player option, or he could opt-in and test free agency during the summer of 2021 (when a number of other big-name players will also be free agents).
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Though, at least according to one report, it appears that many around the league believe that the Lakers have done enough to ensure that Davis will re-sign with the Lakers long-term. While perhaps it might be a bit too premature to say that conclusively, why wouldn’t Davis want to re-sign with the Lakers?
Behind Davis and LeBron, the Lakers had the league’s second-best record and had not even begun to play their best basketball of the season yet. Davis was having one of the best statistical seasons of his career thus far and was on pace for his first deep playoff run.
At the very least, the Lakers were going to make it to the Western Conference Finals, where they’d be facing off (likely) against the Clippers with a shot at playing for a championship.
It would be hard for Davis to find another landing spot where that opportunity could be topped, or even replicated. It would be highly surprising to see Anthony Davis walk away from LeBron and the Lakers.
After all, wasn’t this the place that Davis wanted to be in the first place? This doesn’t feel like a one or two-year experiment. It never did. This always felt like the start of something special. Anthony Davis isn’t going anywhere. Not anytime soon at least.