The good news for Los Angeles Laker fans keeps on coming. Just one day after reaching a two-year contract extension with superstar LeBron James, the Lakers signed a five-year, $190 million maximum contract with Anthony Davis. Klutch Sports CEO and founder Rich Paul informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski of the news on Thursday.
Official: Anthony Davis has formally agreed to his five-year, $190M deal with the Lakers, @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. https://t.co/dvRpEb8C0r
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 3, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony Davis Agree to Five-Year Max Contract
It didn’t take the Lakers’ front office long. Just two months after Los Angeles won the 2020 NBA Finals, the team inked the superstar pairing of Davis and James for the foreseeable future.
On Wednesday, Los Angeles finalized a two-year contract extension with James. This locked up the 2020 Finals’ Most Valuable Player through the 2022-23 season. The next morning, the Lakers finalized a five-year max extension with Davis through the 2024-25 season.
According to both Wojnarowski and Paul, the deal includes an early-termination option prior to the final year of the contract. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reported that Davis would make nearly $33 million this season, $35 million in 2021-22, almost $38 million in 2022-23, and more than $40 million in the remaining two years.
Davis was instrumental in leading the Lakers back to an NBA championship last season. Last year, Davis averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game. He also converted 50 percent of his shots and recorded a career-best 84.6 percent from the charity stripe.
He was even better in the postseason en route to his first-ever NBA title. The superstar power forward averaged 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists on 57 percent shooting during the postseason run.
Los Angeles is poised for another championship run next season. The Lakers upgraded their guards by trading for Dennis Schroder, signing three-time All-Star Marc Gasol in free agency, and re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who averaged 10.7 points per game in the playoffs.
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