Wade Baldwin, the No. 17 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, will have $3,668,160 of his contract guaranteed.
Thanks to an antiquated rookie scale and exploding salary cap, one of his later-picked teammates — second-rounder Deyonta Davis — has even more security.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie Deyonta Davis – the No. 31 pick in the 2016 NBA draft – has agreed to a three-year, $4 million deal, marking the richest guaranteed salary for an American-born second-round pick, league sources told The Vertical.
Half the first round won’t get $4 million guaranteed, though first-rounders get just two seasons guaranteed. Davis has three.
Still, Davis’ salary trumps a few first-rounders.
He will earn 1,275,917, $1,333,333 and $1,390,750 the next three years. That’s more than six first-rounders, and, again, Davis is the only one with that third year guaranteed.
Plus, he’ll become a free agent in 2019 — a year before his first-round counterparts. Davis has a chance for a much bigger payday while they’re stuck on their rookie scale.
Davis, who expected to go in the first-round when he left Michigan State after his freshman year, looked quite sad during his draft-night tumble. Predictably, this turned out better for him than had he gone a few picks earlier and gotten that first-round status.