Anthony Davis’ past injuries contributed to signing long-term deal with Lakers

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Anthony Davis committed his future to the Los Angeles Lakers by agreeing to a five-year, $190M max contract. Davis explained the various reasons behind his decision to sign a long-term deal talking to reporters on Friday.

In particular, the Lakers’ superstar admitted his injury history played an important role in signing a five-year deal with the LA franchise.

“That could have been a two-year, three-year deal. (But) I have to think about, also, the reality of things, too,” Davis told reporters, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “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.”

Davis missed 108 games during his first seven seasons in the NBA. Davis is looking forward to competing for championships alongside LeBron James, and the Lakers are the favorites to win another one ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The Lakers finished an impressive postseason campaign a few months back to win their first NBA title in 10 years. Now, with Davis tied for the next five years, they hope that many more will come their way.