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Joel Embiid has funny take on guarding Anthony Davis

Joel Embiid

Guarding Anthony Davis is one of the toughest jobs for an NBA big man, but Joel Embiid can name one thing tougher.

While speaking with FIFA content creator ChuBoi, Embiid, a noted fan of the EA Sports FIFA series, was asked if guarding Davis was tougher than the video game’s well-known FIFA Ultimate Team mode. Embiid’s answer? FIFA is tougher, it turns out.

FUT Champs is notoriously difficult, with players playing “FIFA” competitively against each other over an entire weekend to earn rewards. In other words, it can be a bit of a grind.

Hey, guarding Davis is easy. All you have to do is employ this unorthodox strategy and you’ve got it on lock.

Anthony Davis shares thoughts on Nets’ big trade

Anthony Davis

The Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday made a huge move by acquiring James Harden in a trade. The possibility of having Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the court at the same time makes the Nets a possible powerhouse in the Eastern Conference, and perhaps the biggest threat to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis does not sound too worried though.

Davis, who helped the Lakers win the championship last season, reacted to the Nets’ trade. He acknowledged they “look good on paper,” but he wants to see how they will look once they actually begin playing.

That’s a good point. There are some teams that are supposed to be super and it didn’t work out. The Nets felt that when they acquired an aging Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Lakers felt that a few times when they amassed super teams, once involving Karl Malone and Gary Payton, and another with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

There are no guarantees about the Nets, and their biggest problem has to do with leadership and locker room problems.

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Video: Rudy Gay puts Anthony Davis in chokehold

Rudy Gay Anthony Davis

Rudy Gay had some fun with Anthony Davis for a brief moment on Thursday night.

Gay and Davis both wound up on the floor after Gay took a charge from Davis in the second quarter of the San Antonio Spurs-Los Angeles Lakers game. As they were on the ground, Gay playfully put Davis in a chokehold.

That was a friendly moment, and of course Gay got a basket on the ensuing possession. Gay was having a nice shooting night for the Spurs, who entered the game 3-4, compared to the 6-2 Lakers.

Gay, 34, is averaging 12.7 points in 24.9 minutes per game this season. Davis entered the game averaging 22.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Lakers.

Anthony Davis confirms he almost teamed up with Paul George

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis and Paul George are now lined up on opposite sides in Los Angeles, but it almost could have looked a lot different for the two of them.

Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers star, confirmed on Sunday that he once had a conversation with George about teaming up on the Indiana Pacers, per Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group. Davis did add however that the discussion fizzled when it became clear the partnership would not happen.

George had said this past summer that “the best power forward” in the NBA was ready to team up with him on the Indiana Pacers in 2017. The Pacers were allegedly unwilling though to trade for the player (who we now know for certain was Davis). That led George to question the team’s priorities and ultimately request a trade.

Davis instead got traded to the Lakers a couple years later and just won his first NBA championship with them. Meanwhile, George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and is now with his hometown LA Clippers, just signing a massive $190 million extension with them. Thus, the failed partnership ended up working out for both of them in a sense.

Anthony Davis admits to key reason behind signing long-term deal

Anthony Davis

Many NBA superstars have become comfortable with taking shorter deals to allow themselves to hit the open market earlier, either to make more money or to keep their options open regarding playing on a contender. Anthony Davis, however, did not follow that trend.

Davis signed a five-year max deal with the Los Angeles Lakers instead of a shorter pact. The reason, he said Friday, was because of his concern about his injury history.

“That could have been a two-year, three-year deal,” Davis said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “[But] I have to think about, also, the reality of things, too. I do have a little history with injuries, and a two-year deal, you kind of bet on yourself. … God forbid, knock on wood, something happens.”

The decision certainly wasn’t an obvious one. Had Davis signed a two-plus-one contract and opted out after two seasons, he would have been eligible for a contract worth 35 percent of the salary cap. Davis is essentially trading some extra money in a couple of years for more long-term security.

Davis has only played 70 games or more in a regular season twice. That definitely went into his thinking here.

Anthony Davis agrees to five-year max contract with Lakers

Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James to a contract extension on Wednesday, and they have now taken care of Anthony Davis.

Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday that Davis has agreed to a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Lakers. The deal includes a player option for the fifth year.

Davis considered the possibility of signing a shorter contract but ultimately felt comfortable with the five-year deal. He could have signed a three-year deal with a player option for the third year, and that would have allowed him to become a free agent when he had 10 years of service and was eligible for a contract worth up to 35 percent of the salary cap. Davis opted for the long-term security instead.

It probably is not a coincidence that Davis opted for the five-year deal after LeBron signed his two-year extension. LeBron is now under contract with the Lakers through the 2023-24 season, and Davis has the ability to opt out after that season.

There was one exciting theory about why Davis may have been waiting to sign his new deal, but it does not look like that is going to play out.

Davis, 27, averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks in his first season with the Lakers last year. He was even better in the playoffs, where he averaged 27.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Davis shot 57 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3-point line in the postseason.

With LeBron and Davis both under contract for several more seasons, the Lakers will remain the team to beat in the NBA.

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Is this why Anthony Davis has not yet signed his Lakers extension?

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis has not yet signed his contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, and there is a theory about one of the reasons.

A report on Friday said that Davis would take his time before signing. The 27-year-old is eligible for a five-year max contract that would be worth $200 million. However, he could choose to sign shorter contracts that include opt outs. One of the ideas behind this would be to get to 10 years of service so that he is eligible to earn 35 percent of the salary cap. Davis has already played eight seasons.

However, there may be something else that is much more juicy going on.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst speculates that Davis may be waiting to see what Giannis Antetokounmpo does. Giannis is eligible for a max contract extension, and the Bucks reportedly are confident he will sign it. If Antetokounmpo declines to extend his contract this offseason, he would become a free agent next year. The Lakers reportedly have interest in pursuing Antetokounmpo and would need some flexibility to afford him.

LeBron James has a $41 million player option for 2021-2022 that he could decline in order to structure his contract to fit Antetokounmpo on the team. If Davis signed a one-plus-one contract that gave him a player option as well, the Lakers would have more flexibility.

A team featuring James, Davis and Antetokounmpo would be completely unfair and make the NBA even less competitive than when the Warriors had Kevin Durant. But apparently this is a possibility to keep your eye on.

Report: Anthony Davis will not re-sign with Lakers immediately

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis has every intention of re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers after he did not pick up his player option for next season, but the new deal may take a while to come together.

Davis is not expected to formally commit to the Lakers in the immediate days after free agency begins on Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Davis is planning to wait until at least after Thanksgiving before making a final decision on the length and structure of his next contract.

Davis is eligible to sign a five-year max contract with the Lakers that would be worth around $200 million, but it seems unlikely he will go that route. Instead, he could sign a two-year deal at roughly $68 million with a player option for the second year. Davis could also sign a three-year deal at the same average annual salary with a player option for the third year. That scenario may appeal to him the most, as it would align with the end of LeBron James’ current contract.

If Davis signs a two-plus-one contract and opts out after two years, he would then enter free agency in 2022 with 10 years of service. That would make him eligible to sign a contract worth 35 percent of the salary cap. Based on current projections, Davis could sign a five-year deal worth more than $250 million at that point.

It seemed at one point like the pandemic could potentially impact Davis’ contract situation, but that is not going to happen. He’s going to sign a new deal with the Lakers, it’s just a matter of when he will do it.

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Anthony Davis ‘not 100 percent sure’ about future with Lakers

Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers will be the favorites to repeat as NBA champions next season if Anthony Davis returns, but as of now the star big man is not willing to guarantee that will happen.

Davis, who has a player option on his contract for next season, was asked about his potential free agency after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals on Sunday night. He said he has experienced “nothing but joy and amazement” while playing in L.A. this season but would not commit to returning next year.

Davis turned down a four-year, $146 million max extension from the Lakers back in January, but that was basically a formality. He will be eligible to sign a five-year deal worth around $200 million with the team this offseason. Davis could also sign a two-year deal with a player option for a third year. If he did that, he would have 10 years of service following the 2021-22 season and be eligible to sign a contract that is worth up to 35 percent of the salary cap.

There was concern at one point that the pandemic could impact Davis’ contract situation, but that is not likely to be a factor. While he has the option of testing free agency, returning to the Lakers clearly makes the most sense — both from a financial and competition standpoint.

Draymond Green responds to Anthony Davis suspension calls

Anthony Davis Jae Crowder elbow

Many have called for Anthony Davis to be suspended for the elbow he threw at Jae Crowder on Friday night, but someone who knows all about throwing cheap shots in the NBA Finals does not feel that is warranted.

Draymond Green, who was suspended for a game during the 2016 NBA Finals for hitting LeBron James in the groin, took to Twitter on Saturday to defend Davis. He said he doesn’t believe in having a playoff series decided by a suspension.

Green’s opinion is obviously a biased one. He was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals for hitting LeBron James in the groin, and many feel that completely turned the series. The Golden State Warriors had a 3-1 lead then lost Game 5 without Green. Cleveland ended up coming back to win the title.

You can see the video of Green’s cheap shot here.

Davis appeared to throw an elbow at Crowder during Game 5 on Friday night. One angle of the play made it seem like Davis elbowed Crowder in the face, but another angle didn’t look quite as bad.

The NBA has indicated that Davis will not be suspended. Green is right that it would not be ideal to determine a champion with a suspension, but that line of thinking can only go so far. You can’t just give players immunity in the NBA Finals.