NBA Free Agency 2015: New Orleans Pelicans award Anthony Davis to a $145 M contract extension

New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis agreed to a 5-year, $145 million extension just after the NBA free agency kicked off on July 1, according to report.

Davis also expressed his mind by twitting.

While the deal is the most expensive of all, overtaking the seven year, $136 million deal of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers made in 2004, it is because the salary cap will increase by over $20 million to $90 million total next summer.

It is important to note that Davis pulled off a big contract in the salary cap era. Thus, it shows that the league is healthy and that other free agents will follow through.

In his rookie season, Davis averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. In 2013-14 season, he averaged 20.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in 35.2 minutes per game. His numbers increases last season with 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 shot blocks in 36.1 points per game.

It’s a big offer from the Pelicans but one made without reservations, as Davis already is projected to be a perennial MVP contender and one of the top five best players for the next decade if he is remains healthy.

The Pelicans know that Davis will be the cornerstone of the franchise and they cannot afford him to go away.

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