8. Anthony Davis
Price: 5 years, $189.9mil, including an early termination option in 2024-25.
I knew that Anthony Davis re-signing this year was essentially a done deal. However, I didn’t imagine that he’d commit to the franchise long-term.
Few players are on max contracts in the NBA, and even fewer are actually worthy of those max contracts. Anthony Davis is absolutely worth every cent of a max contract, and then some.
He’s currently a top 5 player in the league and will be entering his basketball prime at age 27.
A generational talent, Davis is both an unstoppable offensive force and currently the best and most versatile defensive player in the NBA.
Most importantly, his long-term commitment ensures that once LeBron James decides to retire (or leave to play with Bronny), the Lakers will remain a coveted free-agency destination.
As Lakers fans, we’re blessed that such a special player has chosen to be with us for the long haul.
Overall, I’m thrilled with the offseason the Lakers have had. They’ve managed to lock up their two best players to long-term contracts, went out of their way to surround the stars with shooting, and were able to flip marginal assets such as Danny Green for better, younger pieces.
If I were to give out an overall grade for the offseason to-date, I would give the Lakers a solid A.
How well do you think the team’s front office has done this offseason? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.