The champagne was still wet and the stogie stench strong when Anthony Davis had to answer questions about his plans this offseason. Owner of a player option, he could enter free agency and be the most sought-after player in the NBA.
"I have no idea," Davis said after Game 6 of the NBA Finals when asked about his plans. "I don't know. ... I had a great time in L.A. this first year. This has been nothing but joy, nothing but amazement. Over the next couple of months, we'll figure it out. I mean, I'm not 100 percent sure ..."
No one around the NBA expects Davis to end up anywhere but in a Lakers uniform next season, the pains that Davis and agent Rich Paul went through to push the star big man from New Orleans to Los Angeles proving worth it with an NBA championship.
The question at this point is more about mechanics.
Does Davis want a short-term deal so he can re-enter free agency and cash in on an even bigger contract? Will he accept the most the Lakers can offer, a five-year contract locking him up throughout his prime?
The Lakers will have to make decisions about whether they can afford to bring back Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, Markieff Morris and Dwight Howard. There's also a possible extension for Kyle Kuzma to be discussed.
The Davis situation is more drama-free. When he signs with the Lakers sometime after free agency opens Nov. 20, there won't be much suspense. The specifics of the agreement, though, will be telling about Davis' next step.