Pelicans’ Anthony Davis eligible for largest contract in NBA history
This marks the second time in the last three years that Davis has made any of the All-NBA teams. Which means — get ready Pelicans fans — that Davis is now eligible to receive a super max contract from New Orleans, per Bobby Marks of ESPN.
Because he makes so much money now, if Davis were to sign the super max, it would be the largest contract in the history of the NBA, per Marks.
Anthony Davis has now met the super max criteria (All-NBA in 2 out of 3 seasons) and is eligible to sign the largest contract in NBA history next summer (2019). The extension projects to be worth $230 million with a cap hit in 2020-21 starting at $39.7 million.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) May 24, 2018
When Davis signed his first extension with the Pelicans back in 2015, that was also lauded as the biggest contract in NBA history. Needless to say, the guy has made a ton of money in his NBA career.
But what if Davis does not want to stay with the Pelicans? Yes, the team made the playoffs this season even without DeMarcus Cousins. The future appears to be brighter for that team with Davis.
The situation of a star player who may be looking to leave the team that drafted him is exactly what the super max contract is for. It’s an incentive for a franchise player not to leave a team. It’s a lot of money to leave on the table.
But players also want to win, and sometimes going to another team gives them that opportunity. Also, Davis has struggled staying healthy. Does the organization want to commit that much money to him?
It will definitely be a development worth watching.