Anthony Davis Declines Max Extension Offer from Lakers

Anthony Davis with Pelicans in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Anthony Davis repeated multiple times this season that he intends to enter the free agency in the summer. And it looks like he didn’t change his mind despite the fact that Lakers are currently sitting at the top of Western Conference.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Davis recently rejected the contract extension offer from the Lakers. The team came with a four-year, $146 million max extension, but the 26-year-old opted to pass in order to hit the free agency.

Player’s agent Rich Paul delivered the news to the Lakers on Tuesday night, saying that Davis wants to focus on the current season.

Davis’ decision to reject the offer from the Lakers was expected. There was no incentive for him to accept the extension midway through the season since he can command a much bigger offer six months from now. It is projected that he will be able to get a five-year, $202 million max contract in the summer.

Since coming to LA in a blockbuster deal in June, Anthony Davis helped the Lakers to 29-7 start while putting his name into consideration for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Davis is currently averaging 27.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 blocks per game.