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Anthony Davis explains reason behind long-term deal with Lakers

Lakers, Anthony Davis

For the first time since agreeing to a five-year, $190 million extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony Davis has spoken out about his thought process leading up to penning the massive deal.

Davis admitted that while it took some time before he finally put pen to paper on the extension, there was never really any doubt in his mind as to whether or not he would commit his future to the Lakers:

“I just wanted to take the process one day at a time,” Davis told Chris McGee of Spectrum SportsNet (h/t Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll). “Obviously winning the championship with L.A. was very great. The team Rob (Pelinka) put together, and Jeanie (Buss) put together, and Linda (Rambis) and all the people in the front office was amazing, and we did something special. Especially with everything going on in 2020.

“I don’t think there was a doubt that I was gonna come back, it was just trying to figure out the logistics and what was best for me and my family, and I was able to get a deal done today.”

Davis recently turned down the second year of his previous deal, which was a move geared towards signing a more lucrative and long-term contract with Los Angeles. Needless to say, Davis got exactly what he was hoping for.

Now that contract talks are now of the way, Davis can now focus on the task at hand:

“So I’m excited about that, and excited for what Dudz calls ‘the Big 3,’ with him, myself and ‘Bron, so it’s gonna be a great time,” Davis said. “We’ve got another great task ahead of us, the team is looking great, guys have been working out, so I’m excited.”

Not long after they locked Davis to a new long-term deal, the Lakers also extended the contract of LeBron James, which will see the four-time MVP remain in L.A. for at least until 2023. The defending champs mean business, and they’re doing everything in their power to make sure that they have the necessary tools to defend their crown next season.