Anthony Davis is enjoying himself in Los Angeles but the changed circumstances could make him weigh his option and not to sign a long-term contract this season. It is likely that the salary cap will shrink due to significant decrease in revenue which was caused by season suspension.
If that is the case, superstars like Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo could opt to not sign long-term contracts with the Lakers and Bucks respectively, NBA insider Brian Windhorst thinks.
“The reason the supermax was put into the NBA was for this exact reason — to offer superstars so much money they don’t want to leave. It’s had mixed success. The problem however is we don’t know what the salary cap is going to look like next year,” Windhorst said. “And even if the Bucks went 16-0 through the playoffs, if the salary cap collapses, it may not make economic sense for Giannis to extend. And this could also even apply to Lakers and Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis could be smiling from ear-to-ear, so happy to be in LA. But it may not behoove him to sign a long-term contract this summer. The results on the floor obviously matter, but the negotiations with the CBA and what happens with the salary cap may matter more about whether these guys resign this summer.”
Davis is averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Western Conference leaders this season. The 27-year-old forward has a player option this offseason.