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NBA: Anthony Davis, Lakers agree on a 3-year, $186 million extension


Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis

FILE – Los Angeles Lakers ahead Anthony Davis (3) dunks in opposition to the Denver Nuggets within the second half of Recreation 4 of the NBA basketball Western Convention Closing sequence Might 22, 2023, in Los Angeles.(AP Picture/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LAS VEGAS — Anthony Davis is beneath contract to the Los Angeles Lakers for the subsequent 5 seasons, after agreeing to an extension that comes with the best per-season common wage in NBA historical past.

Davis and the Lakers have agreed on a three-year, $186 million contract extension, Klutch Sports activities CEO Wealthy Paul mentioned Friday. ESPN first reported that the Lakers and Davis struck the deal.

At a median worth of $62 million per season, the extension turns into the richest annual settlement in league historical past, surpassing the typical of $60.8 million per season that Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown received final month as a part of his five-year supermax deal price as much as $304 million.

Davis is an eight-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA choice and was picked to the league’s seventy fifth anniversary group. He’s coming off a season through which he averaged 25.9 factors, 12.5 rebounds and a couple of.6 assists on a career-best 56% taking pictures — numbers that signify among the finest years of his profession.

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LeBron James #6 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on throughout a day trip in opposition to the Houston Rockets through the fourth quarter at Toyota Heart on April 02, 2023 in Houston, Texas.  Bob Levey/Getty Photographs/AFP

The deal takes impact with the 2025-26 season. Davis will make about $40.6 million this coming season, then $43.2 million in 2024-25 — earlier than the extension kicks in and carries via 2027-28. It can push Davis’ profession on-court earnings to roughly $500 million by the point the contract expires, and within the ultimate three years of the deal he’ll make about $750,000 for each regular-season sport on the Lakers’ schedule.

The Lakers are 117-77 (a .603 successful proportion) in regular-season video games through which Davis has performed throughout his 4 seasons with the membership; they’re 53-60 (a .469 successful proportion) within the 113 video games that he has missed in that span.

When wholesome, he and LeBron James are nonetheless one of the crucial formidable 1-2 punches within the NBA. They led the Lakers to the 2020 NBA title and helped the group attain the Western Convention finals this previous season — the place they have been swept by eventual champion Denver.

“We’re trending in the appropriate path,” Davis mentioned when final season ended. “Clearly, the aim is to win championships, and we wished to be not simply knocking on the door however really get it carried out, stroll via the door. In order that’s our aim. That’s our aim each time we step on the ground for coaching camp, and I’m one hundred pc certain that would be the aim subsequent yr.”

Over his first 11 seasons, Davis has averaged 24 factors and 10.4 rebounds. He has scored not less than 50 factors in a sport 5 occasions, not counting the 52 factors he had within the 2017 All-Star Recreation — which was a document till Boston’s Jayson Tatum scored 55 within the All-Star Recreation this previous February.

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