NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In just his third season in the NBA, Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to 45 wins and a rare playoff appearance. The franchise is hoping for many more to come and plans to lock up AD with a max offer this summer.
According to NOLA.com, the Pelicans will offer Davis the max contract extension of five years and around 140 million dollars. Davis is under contract for two more seasons in New Orleans. He upped his All-Star production in the playoffs, averaging 31.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. The team can sign Davis to an extension starting July 1st and up until October 31st, the start of next season.
"As far as next season, I don't want to get ahead of myself, of course we want to get in the playoffs again, that's definitely going to be our goal," Davis said. "We're gonna try to win a series and keep moving forward. Right now our focus as a team is on this summer and getting back right. Getting healthy as a team and getting our minds right for next season."
Ryan Anderson added, "We've had some adversity, injuries, tough things. But I really like this group of guys, we're battlers, we're fighters, and I'm excited to see what's to come."
Despite being swept by the Warriors this past week, the Pelicans kept things close. New Orleans was within single digits in every fourth quarter, with the average Golden State margin of victory at just eight points. Anthony Davis became just the fourth player in NBA history to average 30 and 10 in his first four playoff games. It may have ended sooner than they wanted, but the Pelicans are proud of what they accomplished and are excited about the future.
"Just the regular season is different, every play counts, we realized that late, it was our first time," Tyreke Evans said. "When we get there next year, we know what to do, and what we have to do from the jump. I thought we just came out there and tried to play like the regular season, and you can't do that in playoff basketball."
Eric Gordon added, "The talent is here, and it's all about us being healthy and also playing together, and that's what counts. We have one year under our belts, we had a chance to have everyone healthy at some increments of the year, and see how well we can do in years down the line. We can only get better at this point, it's about guys getting healthy, and I think we can be really good."