Anthony Davis plans to opt-out of the final year of his contract and re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports. It’s long been expected that Davis would become a free agent but stay in LA, where he just helped bring the franchise its 17th championship.

Whether or not Davis would return to the Lakers for the 2020-2021 season hasn’t really been in doubt since he and agent Rich Paul forced a trade to Los Angeles last summer. The kind of contract that the 27-year-old will sign is the only mystery in terms of Davis’ immediate future.

The final year of Davis’ current contract is worth $28.75 million.

Davis has the option of signing a max contract that would guarantee him north of $200 million over five years. The big man might instead go with a shorter deal, offering him the flexibility to hit free agency again while still in his prime and earn a more lucrative annual salary in his 30s.

A three-year contract that includes a player option in the final season might be Davis’ best bet. If next season’s salary cap stays at $109.14 million, such a deal would be worth up to $106,084,080, according to Charania. Doing so would allow Davis to become a free agent in 2022 when he would have 10 years of service and be eligible to make 35% of the salary cap.

Kawhi Leonard signed a two-plus-one deal with the Los Angeles Clippers last summer. Leonard can opt-out of his deal after next season.

LeBron James has two years and $80.2 million left on his contract with the Lakers. James can opt-out of his deal after the 2020-2021 season.

James won the 2020 NBA Finals MVP award in Los Angeles’ six-game victory over the Miami Heat. Davis proved to be a top-five player, giving the Lakers one of the greatest duos in league history.

Davis averaged 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the playoffs. He shot 57.1% from the field.

The Lakers are favored to repeat as 2021 champions.

LeBron James' partnership with  Anthony Davis propelled the Lakers back into the NBA Finals
LeBron James' partnership with Anthony Davis propelled the Lakers back into the NBA Finals GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Kevin C. Cox