The NBA and NBPA have finalized the revised CBA and it has given the Los Angeles Lakers a definitive date for Anthony Davis to decide on his player option now.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Davis’ new player option date is Oct. 14, potentially just one day after Game 7 of the 2020 NBA Finals could take place.
The new CBA gave a multitude of players — including DeMar DeRozan and Gordon Hayward — new dates to make a decision but none will be as polarizing as Davis.
A little over a year ago, the Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis, abruptly ending their rebuilding process and beginning their championship aspirations.
Since then, Davis and LeBron James have looked like the most fearsome duo in all of the NBA, leading the Lakers to the best record in the Western Conference.
In his first season with the Lakers, Davis has averaged 26.7 points (51.1 percent shooting from the field), 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.5 steals.
His game has meshed with James’ almost perfectly and he has continued to be one of the best two-way players the league has to offer, firmly entrenching himself in the 2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award race before the hiatus.
In early January, the Lakers offered Davis a four-year, $146 million contract extension but he unsurprisingly declined and instead chose to enter 2020 NBA free agency where he can be offered upwards of $200 million to stay in Los Angeles.
As the Lakers are the only team that can offer Davis that much, it makes the most sense for him to re-sign with Los Angeles in a deal that will likely be for five years.
The team’s odds of re-signing Davis will also significantly increase if they manage to win a championship, as he and James would want to attempt a repeat.
With the Lakers trading almost every asset they had for Davis, losing him in free agency would be catastrophic and more than likely push them back into a rebuild.
However, the success that Davis has already seen as a member of the Lakers should be enough to persuade him to sign a long-term deal in mid-October.