The Designated Player Veteran Extension was intended to increase the likelihood of franchise players staying with their current teams. However, for the Pelicans’ superstar and the representation he hired in September — Klutch Sports, which also represents James — the lucrative incentive won’t factor much into his decision on whether the 6-foot-10 star will commit long term to New Orleans, as The Athletic reported Friday. Davis wants to compete for championships for years to come. If Davis is of the mindset that New Orleans can’t surround him with the talent to contend, the DPVE won’t be viewed as much of a sweetener.
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Tom Orsborn: Lonnie will become a restricted FA at the end of this season, but he said his focus at the moment is on “just playing”: “I ain’t worried about the contract. I think God willingly, I’ve got good karma, good energy around me. Things will turn out the way they are supposed to.”