KEY POINTS

  • Anthony Davis is expected to ink a new max deal soon
  • Davis could end up with a short-term deal
  • The Lakers are unlikely to add more players following Dudley's re-signing

The Los Angeles Lakers have been busy assembling a formidable cast ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Compared to their previous campaign, there is no doubt that the purple and gold have put together an impressive bunch and now it is time to put the cherry on top in Anthony Davis.

Though the 27-year-old has yet to re-sign with the Lakers, the delay hardly raised any form of panic for the front office. Though he opted out in the final year of his deal, it was always believed he would remain in Los Angeles.

The only question up in the air right now is whether it will be a short or long-term deal.

The answer to that should be known this Tuesday when the 6-foot-10 center along with his agent Rich Paul sits down with Lakers officials, Marc Stein of the New York Times tweeted citing unnamed sources.

The delay was likely done on purpose to see how general manager Rob Pelinka planned to handle the Lakers in a potential back-to-back NBA title drive.

As most know, there were a lot of big names added to the mix. That list includes Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, Wes Matthews and Marc Gasol.

But as mentioned in a previous post, it would make sense to expect a short-term deal as there will be one big fish that the Lakers could catch next season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is on every NBA team’s radar. Ironically, he is another player who has yet to decide on his future. The Milwaukee Bucks have yet to lock up the two-time Most Valuable Player and time is running out.

Davis could settle for a two-year deal with a player option for next season. If Antetokounmpo is available, the All-Star center could opt out together with LeBron James to give the Lakers a chance at “The Greek Freak.”

Davis will likely be the last player the Lakers have in mind. The last one to be taken in on a veteran’s minimum is Jared Dudley who agreed to a one-year $2.6 million deal to return according to agent Marc Bartelstein of Priority Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.

LeBron James Anthony Davis Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after winning the 2020 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)