15/07/2019

Anthony Davis can now sign the largest contract in NBA history - here's how

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Anthony Davis can now sign the largest contract in NBA history - here's how

The Pelicans superstar could get a massive pay rise if he agrees an extension with the franchise

The Pelicans superstar could get a massive pay rise if he agrees an extension with the franchise

Anthony Davis has been rewarded for his remarkable season with the New Orleans Pelicans by being selected to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team. 

The power forward is joined on the list by LeBron James, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard. 

After averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in the regular season, his inclusion comes as no surprise. 

He's also a finalist for this year's MVP award alongside Harden and James.

It truly establishes him as one of the best players in the league and he's now getting the recognition he deserves. 

But this latest achievement will mean more than just recognition for Davis as it could also see him pen a mega new contract as a result. 

Because this is the 25-year-old's second All-NBA selection in the last three years, it means he's now eligible to sign a supermax extension with the Pelicans having met the necessary criteria.

According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, it is likely to be the biggest contract in NBA history. The extension is projected to be worth around $230 million over five years. 

That would surpass the current record deal held by Harden when he signed a $228m deal with the Houston Rockets last summer.

If Davis is offered the deal and signs it in 2019, it'll come into effect in 2020 and would see his long-term future in New Orleans. 

It would be the second time in his career that he would pen the biggest contract in the league. In 2015, he signed a five-year deal worth $145m which was the richest at that time before the salary cap increased in 2016.

This will now give the Pelicans the best possible chance of keeping hold of their superstar for the foreseeable future. 

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AD has been involved in trade rumours in recent seasons with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reporting earlier this year that the Boston Celtics are extremely keen to acquire him if he ever becomes available. 

The ball will be in the All-Star's court, however, as he could decline the new deal and choose to hit free agency in 2020 if he feels he has a better chance of winning elsewhere. 

But Davis would be a brave man to turn down an opportunity to become the highest paid player in the history of the league. 

There's no doubt that the Pels will give him 230 million reasons to stay in the Big Easy for years to come. 

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