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Sport Lakers faring well so far in Anthony Davis' three-game absence

19:05  15 january  2020
19:05  15 january  2020 Source:   hoopsrumors.com

Why Anthony Davis declining Lakers' max contract extension offer doesn't really matter

  Why Anthony Davis declining Lakers' max contract extension offer doesn't really matter Anthony Davis turned down a four-year max extension from the Lakers and will enter unrestricted free agency this summer. Why not just take the contract on the table now? Well, it makes zero sense (and far less cents) for him to do so.MORE: LeBron James reacts to critical comments from Kyle Kuzma's trainerAssuming Davis declines his $28.7 million player option for 2020-21, he will be eligible to re-sign with the Lakers for $202 million over five years. That's an extra $56 million a few months down the road.

The Lakers haven’t missed a beat with Anthony Davis out of their lineup for the last three games, beating Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Cleveland by an average margin of nearly 20 points per contest as the star big man recovers from a lower back injury. As Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times writes, the team’s success prompted Davis to joke today that the Lakers don’t actually need him, but head coach Frank Vogel wasn’t quite ready to make light of the situation.

Anthony Davis, Nathaniel Brazill standing in front of a crowd© Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

“This is L.A., you know everything I say will be quoted out of context,” Vogel said. “So I was gonna make a joke, but I’m not gonna joke because we definitely need Anthony Davis.”

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As for when Davis might return to the Lakers’ lineup, the team isn’t ready to offer a specific timeline, once again listing AD as questionable for Wednesday’s game vs. Orlando. For his part, Davis said he feels much better, but hasn’t yet taken any contact or sprinted, per Ganguli.

“When I feel like I’m able to get back to my old self and do the moves I’ve always done and be successful at it, that’s when I’ll be able to get back on the floor,” Davis said.

Here’s more on the Lakers:

  • Rajon Rondo missed Monday’s game due to a fracture in his right ring finger and is expected to be sidelined for a few more days, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. The veteran point guard has been ruled out for Wednesday, while his status for Saturday’s game in Houston remains up in the air.
  • Despite Kyle Kuzma‘s strong recent play, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report makes the case that newly-promoted head of basketball operations Rob Pelinka has to do his due diligence to see if the Lakers can upgrade their roster by moving the third-year forward, since the team doesn’t have many other draft assets or prospects to offer.
  • He wasn’t one of the Lakers’ most noteworthy offseason signees, but Jared Dudley has proven his value to the franchise. As Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet relays (via Twitter), LeBron James referred to the veteran forward as “one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.”
  • In contrast to the first go-round, Dwight Howard‘s second stint with the Lakers has been “pure joy” for both sides, Helene Elliott writes in a column for The Los Angeles Times.

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Davis scores 46 against former team as Lakers beat Pelicans .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 46 points against his former team, Danny Green added 25 and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 123-113 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. It was Davis' second straight 40-point game against the team he played seven seasons for after he was the top overall pick in 2012. He also had 13 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season. LeBron James had 17 points and 15 assists for the Lakers, who have won four straight after having a season-high, four-game losing streak.Davis had 19 points during the third quarter. J.J.

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