Pelinka and the Lakers will soon have to decide if they want to tether the franchise to Davis; Davis and James; or to Davis and a third star such as Giannis Antetokounmpo.
- Still, numerous dominoes are now being stacked up one after another.
- Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus explains how things are unfolding with an aging James.
“James is under contract for two more seasons, although he can opt out before July 2021 and would then be eligible to sign at roughly $142 million for three years,” Pincus writes. “Or he could just finish his deal and hit free agency with Davis in 2022, assuming Davis follows the path laid out above.”
- Davis is set to make $266 million over the next five seasons or $339 million over the next seven if he plays things correctly, according to Pincus.
Anthony Davis rejected an extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. Time to panic! Not really.
- That's Davis' best path if he wants to maximize his income. His next deal would potentially be in the $266 million range over five seasons for a seven-year total of roughly $339 million.
- The challenge for the Lakers is making sure they have the talent to support him given that James just turned 35 years old and may not be the same player as he nears his 40s.