New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis is eligible to sign an extension to his rookie contract this summer, but Davis’s representatives are undecided about how to proceed with the Pelicans, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.
New Orleans can, and will, try and make Davis its “designated” player, meaning his extension would be for five years instead of four. He could also become eligible for the fifth-year 30 percent max criteria if he’s voted into the All-Star Game next season or wins MVP this season or next.
If Davis meets this criteria, his extension could be worth up to 30 percent of the salary cap when it kicks in in 2016, which is when the cap will skyrocket near $90 million.
Superstar players usually don’t turn down the massive rookie extension, and with the Pelicans showing improvement, it would be tough to see Davis bolting anywhere else. But never say never, especially with the cap craziness.
Davis is in the midst of a historic season, posting averages of 24.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. His 31.67 PER ranks up there with some of the best of all time, and he just turned 22 years old.