After agreeing to an agreement that included the highest per-season average salary in NBA history, Anthony Davis is now obligated to play for the Los Angeles Lakers for the next five seasons.
According to Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports, Davis and the Lakers have reached an agreement on a three-year, $186 million deal extension. The agreement between the Lakers and Davis was originally announced by ESPN.
The contract surpasses the average of $60.8 million per season that Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown received last month as part of his five-year supermax deal worth up to $304 million, becoming the richest yearly pact in league history with an average value of $62 million each season. Also Read: The Top 5 Players Who Have Scored The Most Points In a Single NBA Game In History.
The Extension which Lakers wanted
Eight-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection Davis was chosen for the 75th anniversary squad of the league. He just finished a season in which he averaged 25.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists while shooting a career-high 56% from the field, making it one of his greatest seasons to date.
The agreement goes into force with the 2025–26 campaign. In the next season, Davis will earn around $40.6 million, followed by $43.2 million in 2024–2025, before the deal takes effect and lasts until 2027–2028. By the time the contract ends, it will have raised Davis’ total on-court earnings to approximately $500 million. In the next three years of the agreement, he will earn around $750,000 for each regular-season game the Lakers play.
In the 117 regular-season games that Davis has participated in during his four seasons with the team, the Lakers have a.603 winning %; in the 113 games that he has missed during that time, they have a.469 winning percentage.
He and LeBron James continue to be one of the NBA’s most lethal 1-2 punches when both players are healthy. They helped the Lakers win the 2020 NBA championship and advance to this season’s Western Conference finals, where they were defeated by eventual champion Denver.
When the previous season came to a close, Davis observed, “We are trending in the right direction.” The aim is to win championships, so we wanted to do more than simply knock on doors; we wanted to really open the door. We want to achieve that. Every time we on the field for training camp, that is our aim, and I am certain it will also be the goal the next year.
Davis has averaged 24 points and 10.4 rebounds over the course of his first 11 seasons. Not including the 52 points he scored in the 2017 All-Star Game, which set a record until Boston’s Jayson Tatum scored 55 points in the All-Star Game this past February, he has scored at least 50 points in a game five times. Also Read: What is the Average Height of NBA Players in 2023?
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