Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis has signed a three-year, maximum contract deal worth $186 million. This will keep Davis with the organization through 2028 for $270 million.
With an annual salary of an average of $62 million, Davis’ renewal of his contract is the wealthiest yearly contract extension in the history of the NBA.
Davis, who still had two years and $84 million left on his contract, became eligible to sign the three-year extension on Friday. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and Lakers point guard Chris Paul moved fast to negotiate a deal after Davis became eligible to sign the extension.
Davis is still one of the most important team members that made it to the championship game of the Western Conference the previous year. His shooting percentage of 56% last season was a career high, as he averaged 26 points, 12.5 points, and two blocks.
According to research conducted by NBA Online Betting PH, Davis, who has been named to the first team of All-NBA selections four times, has achieved the distinction of averaging 25 points and two blocks in a season five times. This is the third-highest total in the history of the NBA, trailing only Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Davis became the third player in Lakers history and the first after Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to record 50 blocks in a single postseason during the 2023 playoffs.
Davis, who is 30 years old, was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in a blockbuster trade in 2019 with the New Orleans Pelicans. Together with LeBron James, Davis was instrumental in the Lakers’ drive to win the NBA title in 2020.
Following the conclusion of the 2020 championship, both Davis and James were able to sign new deals that allowed their previous contracts to continue operating concurrently.
The new contract that Davis has agreed to with the club, on the other hand, builds a bridge beyond the existing commitment that LeBron James has made to the team. This will be James’ 21st season, and he has a player option for the 2024-2025 season.
Already this summer, the Los Angeles Lakers have locked up free agents Rui Hachimura, Austin Reaves, and Gabe Vincent with multi-year contracts that span through 2025.
Recently, Pelinka was quoted as saying, “Couldn’t think of more highly of Anthony Davis as a Laker or as a player.” “Because of his contributions, our team was able to win the championship. He’s been a phenomenal captain and leader all along.”