Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis is eligible to sign a four-year, $146 million contract extension, as six months have passed since he waived his trade bonus to complete a blockbuster move from the New Orleans Pelicans to L.A.
The 26-year-old Chicago native is enjoying a terrific first season with the Lakers. He's averaged 27.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals in 34 appearances. He ranks fourth among qualifiers in player efficiency rating, per ESPN.
While his individual success didn't always lead to wins in New Orleans, teaming with LeBron James in Los Angeles has pushed the club atop the Western Conference with a 29-7 record.
Davis has been hesitant to commit to the Lakers beyond this season since a player option in his contract could allow him to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. He explained his short-term stance during the team's media day in September.
"I just want to focus on this year," he told reporters. "Coming here, the Lakers definitely welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like this was home. But at the same time, it's about what we can do this year. We have a special team, special unit, special coaching staff and we're going to do whatever we can to focus on this year and try to come out victorious."
He'd be the unquestioned top player on the 2020 free-agent market, but it's hard to imagine he'd find a better situation than playing in a massive market on a title contender alongside James, who's under contract through the 2020-21 campaign with a player option for additional year.
LeBron has also said he's got no problem with taking a back seat to the superstar power forward.
"If we're not playing through Anthony Davis while he's on the floor, then there's no sense to having him on the floor," the four-time league MVP told reporters before the season. "It's exciting to have such a beautiful young mind and a beautiful player, but also a great leader as well."
Based on Davis' preseason comments, it seems unlikely he'll work to sign an extension in the short term despite being eligible. That's especially true since waiting until the offseason would allow him to command a higher average annual value on the five-year deal ($40.4 million to $36.5 million).
That said, the only significant surprise would be if he leaves the Lakers after just one season.