Zach Lowe, one of the top NBA analysts around, says people around the league are worried that Anthony Davis won’t take a long-term deal as people expect him to. He can get around $235 million from the New Orleans Pelicans if he chooses to stay with them. However, due to the team’s inability to get good enough players for Davis to work with, it’s likely he won’t sign any extension offered by New Orleans.
There are worries around the league that Davis will turn down long-term deals altogether and cycle — as James did — between one- and two-year contracts until he reaches an age and stage in his career when he is ready to lock into something longer, writes Lowe on ESPN.com.
Davis is 25 and currently averaging 28 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.8 blocks a game on 50.4% from the field and 81.1% from the free-throw line. He is easily the best Power Forward in the game and will be so for the next 7-8 years at least. Every team in the league would dream of signing him.
People are worried because they think Davis could copy what LeBron and Kevin Durant have done lately with their contract negotiations; sign short-term term deals until he is happier with the landscape. This wouldn’t be good for teams because franchises want to invest a lot in players like Davis and, should he only sign a 1-year deal, could leave after only 1 season, putting all of their investment to waste.