Shortly after it was announced that the Los Angeles Lakers had successfully pulled off a trade for Anthony Davis, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Davis would not sign an extension with the team and test free agency in 2020, causing the celebrations from Lakers fans to stop momentarily.
Fortunately, it doesn’t like Davis will be another “Dwightmare” for the Lakers. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Davis plans on signing a new contract with the Lakers when he hits the open market next summer:
Davis, who had requested a trade to L.A. in January, joins James in Los Angeles to create one of the most powerful duos in the NBA. Davis has long planned to sign a new contract with the Lakers once he becomes eligible for free agency in 2020.
Granted, a lot can change over the course of a season. Remember when Kyrie Irving told Celtics fans that he was going to re-sign in October? It’s now June and all signs point to Irving signing with the Brooklyn Nets.
Life comes at you fast.
That being said, the fact that Davis is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the same agent that represents LeBron James, leads one to believe that Davis will sign a five-year, max contract when the time comes next summer. Again, nothing is a guarantee until Davis puts a pen to paper, but the Lakers have every reason to believe he’ll re-sign, which justifies their gamble.
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