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Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis on pending free agency: ‘I have no idea’

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Anthony Davis was still soaked and feeling the buzz of the championship champagne when the Los Angeles Lakers’ star big man was asked about his future and likely free agency.

“I have no idea,” Davis said. “I don’t know.”

After posting 19 points and 15 rebounds and anchoring a suffocating defensive performance in the Lakers’ 106-93 Finals-clinching win, Davis was asked about his first season with the Lakers — and to clarify what having no idea means for his decision in free agency.

“I had a great time in L.A. this first year,” Davis said. “This has been nothing but joy, nothing but amazement. Over the next couple of months, we’ll figure it out. I mean, I’m not 100 percent sure, but that’s why my agent [Rich Paul] is who he is, and we’ll discuss it and figure it out.”

It’s hard to imagine Davis not returning to defend the Lakers’ title alongside LeBron James. The star pair worked perfectly together. But Davis is expected to opt out of his $28.8 million contract for 2020-21.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Davis could receive $32.7 million next season if the salary cap stays at $109.1 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Davis was everything the Lakers envisioned when they traded Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to New Orleans for the All-Star. He earned first-team All-NBA and All-Defensive honors and was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Nothing compared to what Davis won Sunday night — his first NBA championship. His impact on both ends was undeniable. The Lakers started Alex Caruso instead of Dwight Howard to have Davis start at center, and the rout was on in Game 5.6

When Davis was the lone big man for the Lakers in the NBA Finals, they outscored the Heat by 61 points, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Davis is just the third player to average 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winning team in the Finals and not win Finals MVP, which went to James.

Davis was overcome with emotion once it sank in that he was winning his first title. With under a minute to go, Davis had to walk away from the bench, toward an exit in front of a large mural of the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

James joined him and hugged him while also ribbing him.nike cheap nfl jerseys

“I was just emotional,” Davis said. “Actually, when I came out of the game, I just started feeling it. About 25 seconds left, that feeling just turned into reality. I was 25 seconds from becoming a champion. I got emotional. It’s the type of journey that I’ve been on, my team has been on, the organization has been on — it all came just full circle with this championship.

“So I just got real emotional. [James] was bothering me, saying, ‘You’re soft. Oh, you crybaby.’ I walked to the back, and there was a banner trophy. I kind of grabbed it. Then we walked back out to the court. It was an unbelievable feeling and just an emotional moment for me.”

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