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Anthony Davis Signs Record Breaking Extension

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Los Angeles Lakers star forward Anthony Davis has signed a three-year extension worth $186 million that will keep him under contract until 2028. The new extension will pay him $62 million per year, the highest annual extension in NBA history. The $62 million annual salary surpasses Jaylen Brown’s recent contract paying $60.8 million per year.

Davis had two years and $84 million left on his current deal and became eligible for his maximum extension on Friday. The Lakers and agent Rich Paul wasted no time getting the deal done. Davis now has a total of five years and $270 million left on his contract.

Many are weary of giving the 30-year-old all-pro forward an extension of this magnitude. Davis will be 35 by the time his contract expires and has a history of issues with durability. Davis has played in less than 65% of games since signing with the Lakers, missing 88 out of a possible 238 games.

However, if Anthony Davis can stay healthy, locking him up long term could be a big move for the Lakers as they transition through the final stages of Lebron James’ career. While battling through injuries, Davis still averaged 26 points and 12.5 rebounds last season. The eight-time all star is one of the most dominant big men in the game and is the centerpiece of the Lakers ‘win now’ build as Lebron’s championship window continues to close.

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