Anthony Davis will not sign an extension anywhere this summer, will hit free agency in 2020
Anthony Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, is blissfully unaware of where his client will land upon a nearing trade that could ship him out of New Orleans in the close future. Paul noted regardless of the destination, Davis won’t be signing an extension with any team this season, rather looking for the whole bag in the looming 2020 free-agency period:
“Where he’s going to land? I have no idea,” Paul told S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated. “And it don’t matter. We’re going into free agency. Why does it matter to me where he goes? Earth: We’re going into free agency. He has a year, he has to play. But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.”
The dollars just keep going up year after year, and it’s likely Davis (and even more likely his agent Paul) is looking to max out on the money he can make as a free-agent talent, bringing not only a top-five NBA talent, but plenty of competition to raise the stakes.
Paul has been known to entertain the Los Angeles Lakers in talks for Davis, perhaps unashamedly so. The agent sees no issue with favoring the Lakers in negotiation, the same team that has his primordial client under contract in LeBron James:
“See, everybody wants to fabricate the facts when it’s me,” Paul says. “That’s just like saying, ‘No, A-Rod, don’t marry J-Lo. Are you out of your f—in’ mind, man?’ This is Jennifer Lopez! I mean, who would you rather me marry? The Lakers are Jennifer Lopez. You don’t want me to date Jennifer Lopez? Give me a reason I shouldn’t date J-Lo!”
Regardless if it’s the Lakers or another team that trades for Davis, it seems he and his agent will look to walk away from 2020 with the whole Brinks truck one way or another.