Anthony Davis is set to hit free agency, and he pretty much has one option

And now for the least surprising news of the week.

Anthony Davis is set to decline his player option this week, per reports, setting him up for his long-awaited and expected free agency “sweepstakes.” That word should be used loosely, though, considering that the Lakers are Davis’ safest, most clear and most obvious answer.

Coming off a championship victory and playing alongside perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, Davis has it made in Los Angeles. Even though he declined the Lakers’ attempt at a supermax extension, there are sensible reasons for him to have done so.

There are a few separate factors for Davis having previously declined an extension to stay in LA: First and foremost, should he, inexplicably and unpredictable, decide to leave, he’ll potentially earn more than he would’ve had he signed an extension with the Lakers earlier in the year.

Hitting free agency will give Davis a little bit more cheese on the taco in the immediate, giving him more than a year in guaranteed money (he had one year left on his current deal) and give him some flexibility when it comes to options to coincide with LeBron James’ deal in LA.

There will be other suitors, but don’t be surprised when Davis, predictably, ends up alongside James in a Lakers uniform once again.

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