Davis expressed preference for joining a playoff team, which he believes the Lakers will become next season. And Davis sounded eager to make up for lost earnings after experiencing a five-year career that he called “up and down” and chalked up to “bad luck.”After Toronto selected Davis 13th overall in the 2010 draft, he developed enough to average a career-high 9.7 points in 24.5 minutes in his third season. But the Raptors then acquired Rudy Gay from Memphis in 2013 in a three-team trade that entailed Davis going to the Grizzlies. Former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins opposed the move.Even with Hollins’ departure after the 2012-13 season, Davis still only averaged five points and four rebounds in 15 minutes through two seasons amid a All-Star frontline in Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. “He’s similar to Marc and Zach in that he’s a low-post player. But yet he’s different because he’s more athletic and still an inside guy and doesn’t have a great range,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. “It wasn’t about Ed. It was more about what player plays that role for us.”So, Davis declined a multi-year extension worth $20 million during his last season with the Memphis Grizzlies two years ago. “I wanted to play. I didn’t know if the opportunity was going to be there with Memphis,” said Davis, mindful of the Grizzlies’ loaded frontcourt in Gasol and Randolph. “It wasn’t a great fit and didn’t feel right at the time. I didn’t feel comfortable taking the deal.”Instead, Davis signed with the Lakers last summer to a two-year deal worth $2 million with a player option his second year. What Davis lost in potential earnings, he made up for with his performances. He became the ninth player in Lakers history to grab at least 20 rebounds in a game. Davis ranked 10th in the NBA in total offensive rebounds (230). He became a consistent option on both pick-and-roll and hustle plays.Along the way, Davis enjoyed Kobe Bryant’s demanding leadership style.“He doesn’t want to be around a bunch of joking and playing around,” Davis said of Bryant. “He’s serious. He expects everyone to go hard. He doesn’t really like soft people or guys that shy away from contact. He doesn’t like guys with a soft mentality. He gets a bad rap for how tough he is on his teammates. But he just hates being around soft people.”After playing for four different coaches through his first five years in the NBA, Davis also respected Byron Scott’s stern approach. “I trust Coach Scott,” Davis said. “I know if I go back there, I’ll always have an opportunity to work hard. He’s always going to play fair.”Scott gave Davis those opportunities partly because he used his strengths on defense, pick-and-rolls and putbacks to minimize his weaknesses with free-throw shooting (48.7 percent) and a lacking mid-range jumper. Since then, Davis has relished Scott’s encouragement to spend his offseason improving his weaknesses. After changing his form, Davis believes he can average at least a 70-percent clip from the foul line. “Whenever I do something, I try to be consistent with it and be effective,” Davis said. “Just because I’m working on my jump shot this summer, I’m not going to come in next season and get up 100 threes in a season. But my jump shot is definitely something I’m working on. So I am going to take jump shots next year since I put the work in and I feel confident.”All of that left Davis expressing confidence he made the right decision in sacrificing short-term earnings to land a dependable role with the purple and gold. “I took the risk more because I knew what I could do,” Davis said. “I lost a lot of money last year with the paycut. But I’m not disappointed and I don’t regret not taking the deal in Memphis. Everything worked out. I’m definitely going to have some options this summer.”Will that option include the Lakers? Davis will soon find out in a few weeks as anxious days await. “That’s definitely where I want to be,” Davis said. “I just have to sit back and see what goes down.” The tone in his voice sounded relaxed as Lakers forward Ed Davis spoke into the phone. It marked a rare break in Davis’ busy schedule. He has spent every weekday in the past month both in the weight room and attempting 400-600 jumpers with a new release in hopes to improve his game. It also marked Davis having a rare moment of tranquility.Leading up to June 25, Davis will opt out of his $1.1 million player option in hopes for a more lucrative and long-term deal with the Lakers. But once free agency hits on July 1, uncertainty awaits on whether that plan will work. “I definitely want to be back,” Davis said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “With everything being equal, I’m 100 percent going back there. Hopefully that’s the case. But with free agency and all the stuff going on with the draft, you never know how things are going to go.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 26-year-old Davis represented a rare bright spot in the Lakers’ 2014-15 season that ended with a 21-61 record, the team’s worst mark in franchise history. After Davis posted career-highs in scoring (8.3 points a game), field-goal percentage (60.1), rebounding (7.6), blocked shots (1.2) and assists (1.2) in his fifth season, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said, “We’d love to have Ed Davis on our team.”Yet, so many unpredictable variables have made the Lakers feel uncertain on how much effort they will put into ensuring that happens. Davis predicted the Lakers will use their No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft on June 25 on either Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke center Jahlil Okafor, which would erase Davis’ preference for a starting job. Although he downplayed the Lakers’ flooded frontcourt in Julius Randle, Jordan Hill, Tarik Black and Robert Sacre, Davis sounded mindful about the team’s determination to strike it big in free agency.“He’s helped himself enough to be in a position to do better than that,” Kupchak said of Davis’ current contract. “He’s also indicated he would love to continue to play here. But I don’t know what the market is going to be.”Davis declined to outline the terms of his preferred contract in length and dollar amount. But a league source familiar with his thinking said he will seek a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million a year, or a one-year deal worth $9-10 million.
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