So much for a new Los Angeles Lakers dynasty.
Lakers' superstar Anthony Davis has passed on accepting a four-year, $146 million maximum contract extension in order to enter free agency in July, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday. It was just this past June that the Lakers paid a steep price -- players Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart as well as three first-round draft picks -- to acquire Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
News and sports outlets as diverse as Forbes to HoopsHype have unanimously targeted Davis as the number-one free agent this year. By rejecting the Lakers' offer, Davis, the six-time NBA All-Star, will be eligible to receive a five-year, $202 million max contract come summer.
The move is a bit of a blow to Lakers' superstar LeBron James, who has been actively recruiting players since he joined the one-time powerhouse NBA franchise to join him in City of Angels to bring the team back to its former glory.
The Lakers are the number-one team in the NBA's Western Conference with a 29-7 record.