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Anthony Davis to opt out of contract, re-sign with Lakers; KCP Rondo to decline player option

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) slams a dunk against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Anthony Davis plans to opt out of his $28.7 million player option and re-sign with the Lakers, sources told The Athletic.

According to Shams Charania, there are a number of expected deal possibilities for Davis.

Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, will hold meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the situation and the contract term that is most sensible for Davis. Among the expected deal possibilities for Davis this offseason (projected numbers based on salary cap of $109,140,000):

— Two years, $68,103,360: One-plus-one, player option in year two.

— Three years, $106,084,080: Two-plus-one, player option in year three. This deal would bring Davis to 10 years of service before 2022 free agency and thus make him eligible for the 35 percent max contract. Using a $125 million cap projection in 2022, Davis’ max deal would be worth $253.75 million over five years, or $196 million over four years.

— Four years, $146,684,160: Three-plus-one, player option in year four. Using a potential $131.25 million cap in 2023, Davis would be in line for a $266.4 million max over five years or $205.8 million over four years.

Additionally, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to decline his $8.5 million player option, according to The Athetic.

Caldwell-Pope averaged 10.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range overall and scoring 48 points in the last three Finals games.

Also, Rajon Rondo is expected to decline his $2.7 million player option, The Athletic said.

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