Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis has admitted that he was seeking a long-term deal with negotiating a new contract with the Purple and Gold. Davis, who forced his way out of the New Orleans Pelicans in the summer of 2019 to join LeBron James in Los Angeles, had one year remaining on his old contract but he declined it and became a free agent this offseason.
But nobody expected Davis to leave Los Angeles and that turned out to be true as the former No. 1 pick signed a five-year, $190 million deal to stay with the Lakers. "That could have been a two-year, three-year deal," Davis told reporters on a video conference call Friday.
"[But] I have to think about, also, the reality of things, too. I do have a little history with injuries, and a two-year deal, you kind of bet on yourself. ... God forbid, knock on wood, something happens. "I want to secure the most amount of years possible and be here long term with this team, so I thought the five-year deal was best for me in my situation."
Davis earned the trust from the Lakers organization
Davis was absolutely fantastic in his first season with the Lakers as he averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Davis, who left New Orleans because he felt he would have a higher chance of winning a title with the Lakers, fulfilled his dream as he and the Lakers made it all the way this past season.
However, Davis wasn't the only player rewarded as LeBron James also signed a two-year, $85 million extension with the Lakers. "I think that was just a great moment of trust," Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka told ESPN when asked to reflect on the two deals.
"I think when hard work recognizes hard work, that's when trust is built. And that's what we've really tried to be about as the front office and as the coaching staff, is we just want our players to know we're doing everything we can to help them win and to help them be better people and to make sure all their needs are taken care of.
"And when players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis reciprocate that trust with long-term commitments, that's just a nod to the work that they put in as players and that we put in. It was just a really, really exciting day for Lakers fans to know that our two pillars