Ed Davis plans on opting out of his $1.1 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, but hopes to stay with the franchise for the "rest of [his] career," reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Davis was a late free-agent signing the Lakers signed to a bargain contract, and he's quickly become one of the most productive Lakers in the current bunch.
It's not surprising Davis will look for a larger contract after proving his worth in the Lakers frontcourt. He's looking for a long-term contract, and the free agent market could see his value raise dramatically. Los Angeles also has a $9 million team option on Jordan Hill for the '15-16 season, giving them flexibility this summer.
Davis has made his 24.1 minutes per game count, shooting 58.1 percent from the field and mostly playing within his talent set. He's also been the best Lakers big man on the boards, pulling down a team-high 16.7 percent of all available rebounds, per Basketball-Reference. The Lakers have salary room to retain Davis at a higher price, and Hill's $9 million option in comparison to Davis even making four-times his current salary could be a valuable investment.
The NBA trade deadline is 13 days away, and the Lakers are known to hold their hand until the final day or two.