The Los Angeles Lakers made many major offseason moves since winning their 17th NBA championship. No decisions were more consequential, however, than the max extensions signed by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The two All-NBA stars signed long-term deals to stay in Los Angeles, fresh off their first title win together.
Speaking to the media for the first time since signing the extension, James described the concurrent decisions with his fellow Klutch client as showing that they are “committed to this franchise” and that “We’re going to give everything we got.”
It’s a special thing that the Lakers were able to acquire both of these superstars who led the franchise for their first title in a decade. Keeping James potentially for the duration of the rest of his career and getting at least a four-year commitment from Davis in the prime of his career is just the icing on top at this point.
Now, of course, the Lakers have the challenge of continuing to build title-contending teams around their superstar duo especially as James gets older. But considering the first two offseasons Rob Pelinka has had as the top basketball decision-maker at the helm of the franchise, that shouldn’t be much of a concern moving forward.