BREAKING: Anthony Davis to Opt-Out of Player Option and Resign With the Los Angeles Lakers

Published 10/15/2020, 2:07 PM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts after making the game winning basket to beat the Denver Nuggets in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


When the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, they partook in a gamble. They gave away their future for a player who could potentially be an unrestricted free agent within a season. But after helping the Lakers to win a ring, Davis is now planning to resign with them as well.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrates after making a three-pointer during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After days of flirting with Free Agency, he is set to commit to the Lakers. He is planning to opt-out of his $28.7 million player option and will resign in the upcoming free agency, according to Shams Charania from The Athletic.

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With LeBron James turning 36 in two months, having Davis as a pillar for him is perfect. During this season, Davis’ presence allowed LeBron to take a step back. So for the first time in his career, he doesn’t have to be the best player on the team. Davis can easily take over that role.

Anthony Davis: NCAA champion to NBA champion

Davis came through the ranks at Kentucky and led them to a championship back in 2012. In the finals against Kansas, he was named Most Outstanding Player after a defensive clinic. He only scored six points, but he had 16 rebounds and a monster six blocks and three steals.

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Following these performances, he was the undisputed #1 overall pick, and he was picked by the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) in 2012. The Pelicans weren’t able to surround him with a squad that was ready to compete. New Orleans isn’t the most attractive destination for free agents, so that was a factor that worked against them.

Finally, after just two playoff appearances in seven years, Davis handed in a trade request. After a whole saga that lasted from January to November 2019, Davis got his move. The Lakers came in for him, offering a ton of picks and three promising youngsters.

Upon arrival, Davis settled in quick at LA. He was the perfect partner for LeBron, and the duo gelled easily. They led the team to a first seed finish and continued this excellent form in the playoffs, too. He helped the Lakers to end their decade-old drought for a title and now will hope he can build a legacy at LA.

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Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) holds the Finals trophy after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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