The Los Angeles Lakers have secured their star forward, Anthony Davis, for the long term. In an unprecedented move, Davis has agreed to a three-year, $186 million maximum contract extension, making it the richest annual contract extension in NBA history. This groundbreaking deal will tie Davis to the Lakers until 2028, guaranteeing him a total of $270 million over the course of the contract.
A Steady Force in the Lakers’ Success
Anthony Davis has been an integral part of the Lakers’ success in recent years. Alongside LeBron James, Davis has played a crucial role in leading the team to the Western Conference finals last season. With an impressive average of 26 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game, Davis continues to prove his worth as a dominant force on the court. His shooting percentage of 56% last season further highlights his exceptional skills and efficiency.
Joining the Lakers’ Elite
With five seasons averaging 25 points and two blocks, Davis has solidified himself as one of the best players in Lakers’ history. In fact, his achievements place him third in terms of total points and blocks, behind only legends Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Davis’ impact goes beyond his individual statistics, as he became the third Lakers player to record 50 blocks in a single postseason, joining the ranks of O’Neal and Abdul-Jabbar.
Securing the Future Beyond LeBron James
While Davis and James have been formidable teammates, Davis’ contract extension provides a sense of stability beyond James’ current commitment to the franchise. As James approaches his 21st season in the NBA, Davis’ extension ensures that the Lakers have a cornerstone player for years to come. Although James has a player option for the 2024-2025 season, Davis’ extended contract provides the team with reassurance and a bridge into the future.
A Bright Future for the Lakers
The Lakers have been proactive this summer, not only securing Davis’ extension but also making new signings. Rui Hachimura, Austin Reaves, and Gabe Vincent have all joined the team on free agent deals that run through 2025. These acquisitions show the Lakers’ commitment to building a strong roster and maintaining their position as championship contenders.
In the words of Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka, “Couldn’t think more highly of Anthony Davis as a Laker and as a player.” Davis has undoubtedly made a significant impact on the organization, delivering a championship to the franchise and serving as an exemplary captain and leader. With his contract extension, Davis has solidified his place in Lakers’ history and set the stage for continued success in the years to come.