The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of really being a great team again.
After a major turnaround last season, they impressed many people and went all the way to the Western Conference Finals.
So far, they’ve been very busy and productive during free agency and have improved their roster while retaining up-and-coming stars.
But they haven’t signed an extension with big man Anthony Davis, at least not yet.
“They need to try to get this extension done,” Ramona Shelburne told the rest of the panel on ESPN Friday morning.
Shelburne said that not only would signing Davis to a new extension make financial sense for the Lakers, but it would also give them a better future.
Davis can be a free agent at the end of next season if he doesn’t strike a new deal with the Lakers in the next few weeks.
As noted by Brian Windhorst on the panel, Davis is the sort of player who values long-term deals and job security.
That isn’t shocking when you consider the number of injuries that he has had.
Therefore, if the Lakers don’t put something together this summer, they will have to contend with the very serious possibility of Davis leaving next summer when free agency begins.
The Lakers have made some important moves this summer, re-signing Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, and others.
But they need their two main stars: Davis and LeBron James.
A Davis deal is even more important simply because James’ career is nearing an end.
The Lakers have clearly been focused on their future lately.
Because of that, they will need to complete a deal with Davis as soon as they can.NEXT: Dwight Howard Reveals 1 Big Regret In His NBA Career