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Anthony Davis Rumors: 'Leaguewide Expectation' Is Star Will Remain with Lakers

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2019

Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in action during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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The Los Angeles Lakers clearly didn't trade for Anthony Davis with a rental in mind, and the feeling is reportedly mutual.

A report credited to ESPN's NBA Insiders noted the "leaguewide expectation" is Anthony Davis will re-sign with the Lakers once he becomes a free agent this summer. He can sign an extension beginning Jan. 7 but can make more money by waiting until July.

The Lakers can offer him a maximum of four years and $146 million in January versus a five-year, $202 million contract this summer.

Davis has not made any public declarations of his intentions, but it's hard to see any scenario in which he leaves. The Lakers were at the top of his list of potential destinations when he requested a trade from New Orleans, and he's found the most success of his career playing alongside LeBron James. The Lakers are a Western Conference-best 24-6 despite being in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

Davis may look to sign a two-plus-one contract this summer rather than taking the full max. Two more seasons would get him to the 10-year veteran threshold, making him eligible for the 35 percent max. However, with a new collective bargaining agreement in the offing and uncertainty about the NBA's financial future, the five-year deal may prove prudent.

Regardless of the numbers in the contract, Davis will be around in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future—likely even beyond LeBron's time with the franchise. He's a 26-year-old superstar big man playing for the glitziest franchise in basketball with hundreds of millions of dollars about to come his way.

There may be no better situation in the league than the one Davis is in now.