It looks like Anthony Davis is staying with the Lakers. Shams Charania is reporting that Davis plans to opt out of his $28.7 million player option and re-sign with the NBA Champions. Over the next few weeks, Davis and his agent Rich Paul will meet with the Lakers to negotiate a deal. As you would expect, some of the numbers being thrown out are insane:
• Two years, $68,103,360: One-plus-one, player option in year two.
• Three years, $106,084,080: Two-plus-one, player option in year three. This deal would bring Davis to 10 years of service before 2022 free agency and thus make him eligible for the 35 percent max contract. Using a $125 million cap projection in 2022, Davis’ max deal would be worth $253.75 million over five years, or $196 million over four years.
• Four years, $146,684,160: Three-plus-one, player option in year four. Using a potential $131.25 million cap in 2023, Davis would be in line for a $266.4 million max over five years or $205.8 million over four years.
It’s been a big week for Davis, who won his first NBA ring with the Lakers on Sunday night. On Tuesday night, he and the trophy made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live: