The Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis will certainly be back together next year, but it won’t be official today. NBA free agency will commence at 6 PM EST/3 PM PST, but Davis wants to take time before any decision. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi reported this morning on his plans:
While All-NBA forward Anthony Davis is on course to eventually agree on a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, no formal commitment is expected to come in the immediate days following the start of free agency Friday, sources told ESPN.
Rich Paul, Klutch Sports CEO and Davis’ agent, will be in contact with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka after 6 p.m. ET Friday, sources said, but Davis plans to wait at least through Thanksgiving as he considers his options on the length and structure of maximum contract deals.
While the decision seems worrisome, Davis is intent on returning to the Lakers. That’s always been the plan from the beginning. The Lakers will have plenty of business to discuss with Klutch Sports, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has opted out and is looking for a new deal. Updates on the progress of his deal will likely begin as free agency unfolds.
Both players were a big reason the Lakers secured a 17th championship last season. They remain a priority, on top of filling out the rest of the roster. General Manager Rob Pelinka is going to be one busy man, but we all know that there is no rest for the basketball weary.