- Antony Davis has signed a five-year $190M contract extension with the Lakers.
- The Lakers traded for Davis last offseason and he helped the team win their 17th NBA title.
- Davis is the current -240 betting favorite to win the 2021 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.
The Los Angeles Lakers can now focus on their title retention bid. After LeBron James signed a two-year extension worth $85M, Anthony Davis followed by agreeing to a five-year contract extension with the defending NBA champions. Davis’ agent Rich Paul, confirmed the $190M deal to the Associated Press on Thursday.
AD was the offseason’s top free agent but he was never expected to leave the Lakers after declining his $28.7M player option for the 2020-21 NBA season last month to become a free agent. Many observers however, believed that Davis would opt for a short deal as what Klutch Sports’ clients ( like LBJ) do. Instead, The Brow chose the longest possible deal but with an opt-out clause after four seasons.
AD Chose the Longest Contract Possible
Anthony Davis’ contract will just keep getting better ? ? @BobbyMarks42 pic.twitter.com/MqQe7jo2DE
— ESPN (@espn) December 3, 2020
Davis could have chosen to become a free agent in 2022 where he could have re-signed to receive a starting salary that would have been worth 35% of the team’s salary cap instead of the 30% in his new deal. The difference though between going that route and the one he agreed to are just a “few’ million dollars and for AD, the security with a title contender was more important than the excess money.
Under his new deal, Davis will earn over $32.74M this season and will receive an 8% salary increase per year. The contract will be worth around $40M in year four and he could opt out after that. If he decides to play out his fifth year, AD will earn $43.22M during the final year of his contract.
There was an expectation that Davis would take his time before signing a contract extension to consider all options in terms of length and structure of the deal. According to the ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, AD considered several shorter deals. In the end, he opted to take the most guaranteed money he could’ve received at this point.
17th NBA Title
17th NBA Championship ✨??
Watch the @Lakers‘ best plays from their title run in Orlando! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/wEl0Vs7Y9C
— NBA (@NBA) October 17, 2020
The Lakers acquired Davis in a trade 18 months ago. Los Angeles gave up their talented young core in order to give LeBron James the superstar partner he needed to turn the team into a championship contender. The Lakers missed the season during James’ first year with the team but with AD in town last year, Los Angeles became instant title contenders.
Davis and James clicked right away. AD’s ability to dominate at both ends of the floor allowed James to switch to a point-forward role where his main task was play making. King James led the NBA in assists last season while Davis led the team in scoring and rebounding. With a well-rested LeBron James and a prime AD, the Lakers won it all last season.
After missing the playoffs in the previous six seasons, the Lakers entered the 2020 postseason as the top seed in the West for the first time since 2010. They breezed past the Blazers, Rockets, and Nuggets in the first three rounds of the playoffs and then defeated the Miami Heat 4-2 in the 2020 NBA Finals for the 17th championship in franchise history.
Lakers Favored To Repeat
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) December 3, 2020
The Lakers are the current odds on favorite to repeat as NBA champions. They are currently listed at +275 in the latest odds board from BetOnline.ag, with Milwaukee coming in at a distant second at +600. Meanwhile, a Lakers vs Bucks Finals is also the +900 odds favorite to happen this season.
As for AD, he is sixth in the current MyBookie.ag MVP oddsboard at +900 behind Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, LeBron James, and James Harden. He is also the +240 odds on favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. Davis was a finalist for that award last season but finished second to Antetokounmpo in the voting.
The 2020-21 season should be a big one not just for the Lakers but for Anthony Davis as well. The team will be going for back to back titles while Davis will be looking to prove himself as one of the best players in the game today. With the Lakers reloading during the offseason, and LeBron James returning as well, 2021 could very well be the Year of the Brow.