LOS ANGELES (UPI) —
All-Star big man Anthony Davis
has agreed to re-sign with the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers
, the team announced.
Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, told ESPN
and the Los Angeles Times
that Davis reached an agreement on a five-year, $190 million maximum contract to remain with the Lakers. According to the outlets, the deal includes an early-termination option before the fifth year of the deal in 2024-25.
Davis, who became a free agent after opting out of the final year of his previous deal, signed the contract Thursday. According to ESPN, the All-NBA forward considered multiple short- and long-term contract options before accepting the five-year deal.
“In the Orlando bubble, Anthony Davis proved he is one of the game’s most complete and dominant two-way players,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “Now, Lakers fans get to watch A.D. continue to grow and lead our franchise for years to come. This is truly a blessed moment for Lakers Nation.”
Davis is scheduled to earn about $32.7 million this season, according to ESPN. He will make about $35.4 million in 2021-22, $37.9 million in 2022-23, $40.6 million in 2023-24 and $43.2 million in the fifth year.
His deal comes in the wake of Lakers superstar LeBron James agreeing to a two-year, $85 million extension
through the 2023-24 campaign. The team confirmed James’ extension
The 27-year-old Davis averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last season after leveraging a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. He had averages of 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks in the playoffs.
Davis and James helped the Lakers win the franchise’s 17th NBA championship in the 2019-20 season.
Reporting by Connor Grott
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