Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans were swept by the Golden State Warriors during his first trip to the postseason in his NBA career.  Still everyone knows he’s the next big star in the league and the Pelicans want to make sure they can hold on to him; that’s why they’re set to offer him a MAJOR contract.

With star forward Anthony Davis eligible for a contract extension this summer, Pelicans officials plan to be as aggressive as possible in presenting him with a maximum five-year deal that could exceed $140 million, according to league sources via ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The exact figures will depend on how much the NBA salary cap actually rises in 2016, but sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans indeed intend to present Davis with the biggest offer they can once the window for negotiations opens July 1.

Thanks to the league’s most recent salary cap projections — which will spike dramatically when money starts flowing in from the NBA’s new nine-year, $24 billion TV deal that kicks in starting with the 2016-17 season — Davis is on course to be presented with a five-year offer that will eventually top $30 million annually and potentially stray north of the $140 million mark in total value.

Anthony Davis can accept the max contract or opt to sign a shorter contract and give himself flexibility in case the Pelicans don’t build a championship team around him.  Either way money will certainly be thrown at him.

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