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Anthony Davis sets himself up for a MASSIVE contract

Davis could become the highest-paid player in NBA history

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Being named All-NBA was a great honor for former Kentucky Wildcats star Anthony Davis, but it could mean more in terms of his contract negotiations.

By being named All-NBA in two of three seasons, Anthony Davis sets himself up to be eligible for the Designated Veteran Player Extension, which would allow the New Orleans Pelicans to offer him a “Super Max” extension, worth $230 million over five years.

That is roughly $39.7 million, per year.

That contract, if the Pelicans were to offer it, would narrowly edge out the contract the Houston Rockets gave to James Harden, worth $228 million over five years.

Davis was named All-NBA First Team this year and was just four votes shy of joining Harden and LeBron James as consensus first-team selections. Davis, a finalist for NBA MVP along with Harden and James, averaged more than 28 points per game this season to go along with more than 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, which led the league. Davis is also a finalist for NBA Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the NBA’s All-Defense First Team.

Davis led the Pelicans to the Western Conference Semifinals by sweeping the Portland Trailblazers before falling to the Warriors. It was the Pelicans’ first playoff appearance since the 2014-2015 season.