The New Orleans Pelicans had a small item of business to take care of before they could begin to delve into free agency. They made sure that their franchise guy wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon, Anthony Davis agreed to a five-year $145 million dollar deal to remain a Pelican. No surprise here, but it was Woj with the scoop, even beating out the player who received the deal.
New Orleans star Anthony Davis has agreed to a five-year, $145 million maximum contract extension, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2015
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) July 1, 2015
The deal isn’t official until July 9, but the Pelicans made sure they didn’t let their franchise player think about leaving. Davis is coming off a great year, having led New Orleans to the playoffs in the extremely competitive Western Conference. With a roster that doesn’t really complement his talents to this point, Davis was amazing in his first postseason. The Pelicans were swept out of the first round this past season, but Davis made his presence known and displayed his talent on a national stage. The young big man averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds against the eventual NBA Champions.
Last season he made the All-Star team and All First Team NBA. as mentioned earlier, he stepped his play up when needed. Now the onus is on management to put the right pieces around this kid to maximize his talents. The move from Monty Williams to Alvin Gentry will at the least ensure that the Pelicans will be a running team, which means more transition opportunities for Davis.
Again, there’s much work to be done regarding that roster in New Orleans. However, locking in one of the top 10 players in the league doesn’t hurt one bit. It’ll be interesting to see what other moves New Orleans makes in free agency, if any. Also, what does this mean for Cleveland? If Davis received $145 million on a five year max deal, what is LeBron James’ worth?