Anthony Davis Confirms Why He Signed Long-Term in LA

Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers announced earlier in the week the power forward and the team agreed to a massive five-year contract, paying Davis $190-million. While winning championships is certainly enough motivation to stay and play for the Lakers, Davis revealed why he decided to sign a long-term deal instead of the rumored 1-and-1 contract.

That could have been a two-year, three-year deal. (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.

I want to secure the most amount of years possible and be here long term with this team, so I thought the five-year deal was best for me in my situation.

I'm excited for him. It's a hell of a deal to be getting. ... I'm just happy I'll be able to be alongside that for three more years since I'm not sure if we're going to be done or not after that.

Davis has missed a significant amount of time over his career, being injured for 108 games over the course of his first seven NBA seasons in New Orleans. Davis battled some smaller injuries as a Laker, and grinded his way to appear in 62 games out of 71.

As a 31-years-old in the league, he's not getting any younger and wants to ensure he cashed in now before anything crazy happens.

Can't blame him for securing the bag and taking care of his kid's kids. Look for Davis and the Lakers to be back to the NBA Finals next season. That's what happens when LeBron James is your teammate.

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