The Los Angeles Lakers are coming into a crucial offseason, one that could either be short or longer than usual depending both the league’s response to coronavirus and their ability to draft a new CBA.
They’ll be doing all they can to both improve their roster while also keeping it together. Both power forward Anthony Davis and point guard Rajon Rondo have either already or plan to opt out of their contracts.
Davis, who just won his first title with the Lakers, the franchise’s 17th, is planning to opt out of his $28.7 player option and then re-sign with the Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Having finally found postseason success, Davis has no reason to leave Los Angeles. They’ll do right by him after the impact he has on the organization, averaging 26.1 points per game. The real question is what type of max-value contract will they be giving Davis.
Obviously, the Lakers would like to lock him up the next four or five years, but Davis may want to now with two-year deals with a player option in the middle to give him a chance to re-sign for a high-value deal later in his career.
That said, Rajon Rondo will also opt out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Chris Sheridan of BasketballNews.com, he’s going to become an unrestricted free agent.
While Rondo averaged just 7.1 points per game during the regular season, he stepped his game up in the playoffs, notching over eight per game. Along with 6.6 assists in just over 24 minutes per game, Rondo’s veteran savviness proved to be a crucial factor for Los Angeles.
The two former Kentucky Wildcats will likely re-sign with the Lakers, especially after helping lead them to a championship. Rondo is the much more likely candidate to leave LA, but it also seems likely he will end up re-signing, looking to run it back with the Lake Show.