Anthony Davis signs extension with Lakers
Last week was a huge day for a huge guy in El Segundo, because Forward Anthony Davis signed an extension deal with the Lakers. The 30-year-old, who became the first Lakers player since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000-01 to average at least 25.0 points, talked to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka about staying with the Lakers. In a press conference Pelinka talked about the deal and what made Davis stay.
“In our conversations with Anthony, his desire to lead our franchise for the next several years became abundantly clear,” Pelinka said. “AD understands that his commitment to being the hardest worker, combined with his high character, is what will help define our culture for many seasons to come. It is a proud day for Lakers Nation when we’re able to extend the contract of one of the game’s most dominant two-way players.”
Davis, who first signed with the Lakers, as part of a three-team trade in 2019 and luckily for the Lakers, resigning in 2020. This 8-time NBA All Star is such a beloved Los Angeles player, that everyone around supports this call, especially with stats like this. Here's a few: Last season, Davis averaged 24.6 points (52.4 FG%), 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 blocks in 34.0 minutes. The 2020 NBA Champion has suited up in 42 playoff games (all starts) with the purple and gold, averaging 24.5 points (53.6 FG%), 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.1 blocks in 36.2 minutes per game.