The Los Angeles Lakers signed forward Anthony Davis to a contract extension, it was announced today by Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka.
“In our conversations with Anthony, his desire to lead our franchise for the next several years became abundantly clear,” Pelinka said. “AD understands that his commitment to being the hardest worker, combined with his high character, is what will help define our culture for many seasons to come. It is a proud day for Lakers Nation when we’re able to extend the contract of one of the game’s most dominant two-way players.”
During the recent 2022-23 season, Davis appeared in 56 games (54 starts) for the Lakers, averaging 25.9 points on a career-best 56.3 percent shooting from the floor, a career-high 12.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.0 blocks in 34.0 minutes per game.
The 30-year-old became the first Lakers player since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000-01 to average at least 25.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in a campaign. The Chicago native was named Western Conference Player of the Month once and earned two conference player of the Week honors.
During the 2023 NBA Playoffs, Davis helped guide the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals by averaging 22.6 points (52.0 FG%), an NBA-best 14.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and a league-leading 3.1 blocks in 38.0 minutes across 16 games (all starts).