Free Agency negotiations have begun in the NBA. Teams and players are now allowed to contact each other and reach verbal agreements on contracts. Some teams have not wasted any time and have agreed with players to sign them on. 3 major agreements have been reached so far
Davis extends his stay with the Pelicans
New Orleans and their fans will be glad to have Anthony Davis in their franchise for the next 6 years. The 22-year-old who was the Number One pick from the 2012 Draft, is entering the 4th year of his professional career. He had until 31st October this year, to accept any offer from New Orleans or enter the 2016/17 off-season as a restricted free agent.
The Deal is worth $145 Million over the next 5 years in effect from 2016/17 (when the new, massive salary cap is to come into play). The deal has been confirmed by a person who wishes to be anonymous as the deal cannot be signed yet. However, Davis has sent a tweet, which means the deal which is likely to be singed after July 10 will be nothing more than a mere formality.
The 22-year-old Forward had his most prolific season as he played in the post-season for the first time in his career. Despite being swept by the Champions, Davis impressed in the regular season and post season. Davis averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.9 blocks (leading the season) during the regular season and 31.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.3 steals and 3 blocks per game in the playoffs.
These indicate his capabilities on both ends of the court. New coach, Alvin Gentry has said Davis will be the focal point of a new fast paced offence for the Pelicans. Another valuable trait of Davis is his ability to shoot from various positions as well.
Gentry has said “We’re going to play a lot faster and give (Davis) an opportunity to be in the open court, he is our best player and a lot of things are going to be built around him. I think he’s a real versatile player.”
The 2x All-Star will be looking to improve with his team as they aim to move deeper into the post season. The foundation for the pelican’s season seems solid and they will be a force to reckon with. It will be worth watching, who will be signed during free agency.