On Friday, August 4th, 2023 the Los Angeles Lakers power forward / center, Anthony Davis, has agreed upon a three - year maximum contract extension worth up to approximately $186 million which now ties him to the Los Angeles Lakers franchise through 2028 - 2029 NBA season for a total of only $270 million! Davis' deal is the richest annual contract extension in NBA history, averaging $62 million a season.
Davis’ Current Contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers previously signed Davis to a 5 - year contract worth up to $189,903,600, and that agreement included a total of $189,903,600 guaranteed money (all of it), as well as enabling Anthony to earn an annual average salary of $37,980,720. Throughout the 2023 – 2024 NBA season Davis made a base salary of $40,600,080, while carrying a salary cap hit of $40,600,080 and a dead salary cap value of $40,600,080.
New Contract Extension Details
Davis just freshly inked his new 3 - year max contract extension valued at around $177,130,800, and all of the $177,130,800 was in total guaranteed money due from the Los Angeles Lakers at the time of the signing. Anthony is currently scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent once again in the year of 2028 following the final year of this deal that includes a player option for the 2027 - 2028 NBA season.
The Los Angeles Lakers
Along with the amazing baller in LeBron James, Anthony absolutely remains a major cornerstone of the Los Angeles Lakers team that somehow managed to advance to the NBA Western Conference finals just last season. During the 2022 - 2023 NBA season Davis averaged 25.9 - points per game, 12.5 - rebounds per game, 2.6 - assists per game, and 2 - blocks per game while shooting his career -best 56 % from the field last year.
Davis is presently a 4 - time All - NBA first - team selection, and he has averaged 25 - points per game as well as 2 - blocks per game in a season a total of 5 - times throughout his illustrious 11 - year NBA career (the 3rd - highest total behind only Shaquille O'Neal and Kareem Abdul - Jabbar).
During the 2023 NBA playoffs, Anthony became just the 3rd - Los Angeles Lakers player with 50 - blocks in a single NBA postseason, behind only Shaq and Abdul - Jabbar once again which are definitively the 2 - best big - men of in the long and record - breaking franchise history of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The now 30 - year - old Davis had recently arrived in Los Angeles to play for the Lakers through an NBA blockbuster trade back in 2019 with the New Orleans Pelicans and along with LeBron James Anthony helped deliver a 2019 - 2020 NBA championship title (in the COVID - 19 NBA playoff bubble) to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony and LeBron recently had their contracts running simultaneously after they both just so happened to sign new deals in the aftermath of the 2019 - 2020 NBA championship title with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Davis' new contract extension that he just signed last week creates a bridge beyond James' current commitment to the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. The aging LeBron James is entering his 21st - NBA season, and he has a player option built into his current contract for the 2024 - 2025 NBA season.
Already this summer, the Los Angeles Lakers also signed Rui Hachimura, Austin Reaves, and Gabe Vincent to new NBA free agent deals that run through 2025. These moves have been viewed as some incredibly wise NBA offseason deals that should pay dividends to the Los Angeles Lakers in the very near future as they look to contend for another NBA title at the moment.
"Couldn't think more highly of Anthony Davis as a Laker and as a player," says the Los Angeles Lakers vice president of basketball operations / general manager, Rob Pelinka. "He's helped deliver a championship to our franchise. He's been an incredible captain and leader."
Davis’ Basketball Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- NBA Champion (2020)
- 8 - Time NBA All - Star Selection (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- NBA All - Star Game MVP Award Winner (2017)
- 4 - Time All - NBA First -Team Selection (2015, 2017, 2018, 2020)
- 2 - Time NBA All - Defensive First -Team Selection (2018, 2020)
- 2 - Time NBA All - Defensive Second - Team (2015, 2017)
- 3 - Time NBA Blocks Leader (2014, 2015, 2018)
- NBA All - Rookie First Team Selection (2013)
- NBA 75th - Anniversary Team Selection
- NCAA Champion (2012)
- NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Award Winner (2012)
- National College Player of the Year Award Winner (2012)
- Consensus First - Team All - American Selection (2012)
- NABC Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2012)
- USBWA National Freshman of the Year Award Winner (2012)
- SEC Player of the Year Award Winner (2012)
- NCAA Blocks Leader (2012)
- SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2012)
- SEC Rookie of the Year Award Winner (2012)
- First - Team Parade All - American Selection (2011)
- McDonald's All - American Selection (2011)
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