LOS ANGELES — Shortly after he held court at the Lakers morning shootaround Tuesday morning at their practice facility word filtered out that Anthony Davis had turned down the Lakers offer of a four-year, $146 million contract extension.
But before the Knicks get excited about the possibility of Davis emerging in the free agent market this summer and rewarding the Knicks claims of keeping their salary cap flexibility intact, Davis already tamped down those expectations.
The opportunity to sign an extension now, reported first by Yahoo Sports, pales in comparison to what Davis can get from the Lakers if he waits until free agency. This summer the Lakers can offer him a five-year, $202 million deal, which he is likely to accept after pushing for a trade from New Orleans to the Lakers last summer.
And the Knicks, who once were on his list of potential landing places, seem to be in the rearview mirror.
"That was something I thought about in the past,” Davis said. “I'm kind of over that whole little situation — not just the Knicks, but the entire past. Really just trying to get here and just focus on everything with the Lakers.”
Back in uniform
Elfrid Payton flew to Los Angeles and was on hand for the Knicks’ morning shootaround, ready to play against the Lakers after missing Sunday’s game against the Clippers to be with his newborn daughter. He had 12 points with eight rebounds against Lakers in his return.
Out of action
Marcus Morris was held out with a sore neck, an injury that has gotten worse with numerous collisions in recent games. “I felt like I’d have done a disservice to my team if I [played].” Asked if he thought he would be ready for Utah Wednesday, he said, “I’m hoping. I really am hoping that tomorrow when I get there, tomorrow when I wake up, it feels a lot better. As of now, probably no.”