In the least surprising news of the season to date, the Los Angeles Lakers offered Anthony Davis a max four-year, $146 million contract extension on Tuesday but the big man declined, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. It was the first day he became eligible to sign an extension.
Davis is slated to become a free agent this July when he can sign a supermax contract worth over $200 million over five years. He and his representation, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, have stated before that he would not sign an extension.
For the Lakers, this is a case of due diligence. They surely knew the odds of Davis signing an extension were low but it does not hurt to try to keep the 26-year-old under contract at a lower value.
Haynes reports that league insiders do not believe Davis will leave the Lakers after a year. While his hometown Chicago Bulls have been speculated about as a potential destination, it seems unlikely that Davis would leave Los Angeles after forcing his way there and already finding great success in the regular season.
This is just a minor accounting note with very little to take away. Davis’ decision will come on or after July first when he becomes a free agent.