Why Anthony Davis declining Lakers' max contract extension offer doesn't really matter

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Anthony Davis declined the Lakers' contract offer! He's available! Cats and dogs living together!

OK, everybody relax for a minute. This isn't huge news.

The six-time All-Star turned down a four-year, $146 million max extension from Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, and Davis plans on entering unrestricted free agency this summer. Why not just take the contract on the table now? Well, it makes zero sense (and far less cents) for him to do so.

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Assuming Davis declines his $28.7 million player option for 2020-21, he will be eligible to re-sign with the Lakers for $202 million over five years. That's an extra $56 million a few months down the road. If Davis wants more future flexibility, he could sign a two-plus-one deal and align himself with LeBron James.

Putting aside that giant pile of money, it's also extremely difficult to find a logical landing spot for Davis outside of Los Angeles. As ESPN's Bobby Marks notes, the Lakers can offer Davis the most money and a realistic chance to win titles in his prime years. Teams like the Cavaliers, Hawks, Hornets and Knicks will hold significant cap space, but good luck trying to convince Davis to join a massive rebuild.

And on top of all that, "no one within league circles" believes Davis will leave the Lakers after one season, per Haynes. Sorry to all of the Lakers haters. Nothing to see here.

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