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One day after LeBron James signed up to be in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform through the 2022-23 season, his top accomplice made plans to keep roots in Hollywood for years to come.
Anthony Davis and the Lakers are finalizing a five-year, $190 million maximum contract extension, Klutch Sports CEO and founder Rich Paul confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. Although Davis was a free agent, he was never expected to leave Los Angeles, even after he opted out of a player option that would have paid him $28.7 million.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.
Paul told ESPN the deal includes an early termination option prior to the fifth year of the contract, and that Davis could sign the deal as soon as Thursday.
Last season, Davis' first with the Lakers following a trade in 2019 from the New Orleans Pelicans, the 27-year-old averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. While James won his fourth Finals MVP, Davis averaged 27.7 points, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks in the playoffs.
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