Anthony Davis will suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2019-20 season. And if things go accordingly, he could be with them for years to come. But it requires the right deal.
According to reports, Davis will likely test free agency in 2020. The Lakers and Knicks are his preferred destinations.
Earlier this summer, the Lakers and Pelicans agreed to a deal that sent Davis to the Lakers. The Pelicans traded Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft picks. The deal becomes official today as the July moratorium ends. This also benefits the Lakers as it gives them a chance to clear cap space for another max player (such as Kawhi Leonard).
Last season, Davis played 56 games. He averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals. His averages in rebounds, assists and steals in 2018-19 were career-highs. Davis played well despite his trade request. Now, Davis will join the Lakers and has a chance to compete with the best teams of the Western Conference
Davis will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, which gives him a chance to (freely) sign wherever he pleases. While most signs point to Davis remaining with the Lakers, he can test the market and meet with other teams.
The Lakers and Davis are in a good position. A duo of him and LeBron James will likely help the Lakers reach playoff status. If they land Kawhi Leonard, the Lakers become even better. While Davis will test free agency next summer, his current situation with the Lakers is his best bet. As long as both sides reach an agreement, the Lakers can move forward (post-LeBron) with Davis as their franchise player.
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