Los Angeles Lakers All-Star PF Anthony Davis is finalizing a deal for five years and $190 million to remain with the team, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal includes an opt out clause prior to the fifth season in 2024-2025.
ESPN is reporting the deal includes annual salaries of $32,742,000 for the coming 2020-2021 season, $35,361,360 in 2021-22, $37,980,720 in 2022-23, $40,600,080 in 2023-24, and $43,219,440 in the final year of the deal if he does not opt out.
Davis had a player option for the 2020-21 season worth $28.7 million, which he declined to sign the new contract. LeBron James just agreed to a two-year, $85 million extension that will have him on the Lakers at least through 2023. James’ deal was for the max. The idea was always for AD to opt out of his previous deal and sign a new contract with Los Angeles. There was never a doubt a deal would get done.
In his first season with the Lakers, Davis accomplished pretty much everything you could possibly ask for. He was an All-Star seventh straight season, averaging 26.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 62 starts in the regular season. He finished sixth in MVP voting and second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Davis then helped the Lakers capture their 17th title in franchise history after beating the Miami Heat in six games. Davis’ goal now will likely be adding to the trophy case while trying to repeat with L.A.