Anthony Davis' mega-deal includes clause that adds uncertainty to future

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The New Orleans Pelicans didn't waste much time to complete the best bit of business they will do all offseason.

With free agency officially opening at midnight on Tuesday it took just two minutes for Anthony Davis to reveal he had signed a new five-year contract extension with the NOLA franchise, worth $145 million.

Fine print

The news was met with delight by the Pelicans faithful but there is one clause in the deal, brought to our attention by ESPN's Marc Stein, that ensures Davis' future isn't quite so clear cut.


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Stein revealed that, according to his sources, there remains an opportunity for the prodigious big man to end the deal earlier than 2021 should he so choose.

With Anthony Davis already setting NBA records, and looking on course to become a truly dominant force in the league on par with the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, this clause is effectively an insurance should the Pelicans fail to develop into true title contenders over the next few years.

The New Orleans franchise, though, will have high hopes that can be achieved now that they have the cornerstone of the team on board for the foreseeable future.

Just getting started

The speed with which the max-deal was agreed upon certainly points to trust on both sides. Davis could have waited until October 31st to agree an extension with the Pelicans but the drama was over and done with before the first morning of free agency.

Described by his new head coach, Alvin Gentry, as "the best player in the NBA not called LeBron James", Anthony Davis has grown into a true superstar of the league.

Still only 24-years-old he averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks this past season and already has two All-Star selections to his name.

Some Pelicans fans had feared Davis' meteoric rise to the top would lead to him leaving the franchise in the summer of 2016 but they can now look forward to at least five more years of Anthony Davis in his prime.

NBA fans: Where does Anthony Davis rank amongst the top NBA players, and how good can he be? Have your say in the comments below...

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