Los Angeles Lakers big man Ed Davis picked up a DNP in Sunday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and Davis wasn’t happy about it, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
“Honestly, I don’t like it,” the Lakers forward said Sunday before the Lakers lost to Brooklyn, 107-99. “I didn’t ask to sit out or anything. I wanted to play 82 games this year. But, you know, it’s not my decision.”
Lakers head coach Byron Scott has been giving some of the veteran big men, including Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer, some games off in order to better evaluate the younger players. At 25, Davis would fit into that younger players category, but he still picked up the DNP on Sunday. It was the first game he had missed all season.
Davis has had a productive year in Los Angeles, averaging 8.4 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the field. He’s also blocking 1.3 shots per game.
The Lakers got Davis at a bargain price this past offseason, as he’s making just $981,084 this year and has a player option for $1.1 million next year. Considering he has played well and should be able to fetch a larger contract in the offseason, he said Sunday that he plans on declining that player option and testing free agency.