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Report: Anthony Davis turns down Lakers’ max contract extension

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The Los Angeles Lakers offered Anthony Davis a four-year, $146 million max contract extension on Tuesday, but they were informed that he will be bypassing an in-season extension in favor of entering unrestricted free agency in July, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Davis can become an unrestricted free agent after this season ends once he declines his 2020-21 player option with the Lakers. No one within league circles anticipates Davis leaving the Lakers after one season:

The Lakers offered their star forward Anthony Davis a four-year, $146 million max extension on Tuesday, but they were informed that he will be bypassing an in-season extension in favor of entering unrestricted free agency in July, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The decision was made out of salary-cap implications and because Davis wants to solely focus on this season, sources said.

Davis holds a $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season that he is expected to decline in order to hit the market, sources said.

In his first season with the Lakers, Davis has been a monster on both ends of the court. He’s averaging 27.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 blocks while shooting 50.7 percent from the field, 29.9 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference and a good shot at winning the title with Davis and LeBron James leading the way.