"It's a great organization, a franchise with a lot of history here," said Davis. "I think it's an opportunity where I can play and help this team win."
The 25-year-old, four-year veteran likely will earn the
"He has a very promising future. He's going to continue to work and develop in this league," said General Manager
It remains unclear how exactly Davis will fit into the Lakers' forward-heavy rotation, with rookie power forward Julius Randle, returning forward
"It's tough to say that without a coach," said Davis.
The Lakers also have veteran big man
"I can play both positions, the four and the five," said the 6-foot-10 Davis. "I bring athleticism, defend, run the floor, block shots, rebound -- all the little things."
Davis will wear No. 21 with the team, Kupchak's number when he was in college at North Carolina.
The Lakers now have two players from rival Duke -- Kelly and Boozer -- and while Davis is a Tar Heel, the team recently cut North Carolina point guard
Davis was originally drafted by the
"It definitely was a challenge, but just took it as a learning experience," he said. "Playing behind Z and Marc, they're such good players, just learning from them every night just helped me out."
Last season, Davis averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds through 63 appearances, playing just 15.2 minutes a game. Given 24.2 minutes a night in Toronto before the trade, Davis contributed 9.7 points with 6.7 rebounds.
Davis will wear 21 with the Lakers,
"I wanted 32 but it's gone. It was my number in high school, my ninth grade year," said Davis of No. 21. "Another reason I had 21 was because of
Davis is already established in Los Angeles, with a place in the Marina del Rey. He'll be working out regularly at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.
Sharing agent Rob Pelinka with
"I talked to Kobe on the phone," said Davis, who chose not to elaborate on his conversation with the Lakers' All-Star guard. "I'll keep it private."