After the Lakers give up all of this, they may lose Davis in vain as he is reportedly unwilling to sign an extension to stay with LA and, according to Yahoo, to give up the opportunity to open an unrestricted free agency in July.
LOS ANGELES - LeBron James had 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and Anthony Davis had eight of the Los Angeles Lakers' 20 blocked shots in their fifth straight victory, 106-99 over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Due to the timing of last season's blockbuster deal in which Davis moved from New Orleans to the Lakers after a tumultuous season from the Pelicans, the valued big man was forced to abandon his no-trade clause and the attached $ 4 million trade kicker to ensure that the acquisition can be completed. The contract he turned down on Tuesday was worth $146 million over four years. The Dallas Mavericks announced earlier Thursday morning that they'd be without starting forward Kristaps Porzingis for the next few games. The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference at 29-7.
The 26-year-old is now averaging 27.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals in 34 appearances.
Davis fell hard to the court during the third-quarter of that game, spent several minutes on the floor and eventually exited the contest under his own power. Davis sustained a bruise on his lower back after landing awkwardly in a block attempt.