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Report: Anthony Davis’ strategy in free agency before signing new contract with Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis has a big decision to make this offseason. While Davis is fully expected to re-sign with the Lakers, he still has to decide just what kind of contract he signs with the franchise.

Davis is taking his time before putting pen to paper, and he’s doing that in order to see how things play out for the Lakers in free agency.

Via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

According to people not authorized to speak publicly, Davis and Paul, who’s also his representative, informed Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka that Davis wanted to see how the team would be put together before deciding the length of his contract.

The Lakers have already been making noise with their moves this offseason. It all started with the acquisition of Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder to bolster the background. A tenured shooting guard in Wesley Matthews from the Milwaukee Bucks was also added to the team on a bargain deal, followed by big man Montrezl Harrell’s surprise arrival after he won Sixth Man of the Year with the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

Los Angeles also recently secured the services of shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract to return to the team. The Lakers are trying to re-sign Markieff Morris.

Los Angeles has lost some key pieces from last year’s championship roster. Danny Green was included in the Schroder trade, while free agents Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley have all agreed to sign elsewhere. Quinn Cook was waived.

It remains to be seen what Davis thinks about all these moves and what kind of deal he signs. He could decide to go for a long-term deal, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he commits to a shorter deal now and then makes the long-term commitment down the road.