Report: Second-rounder Deyonta Davis gets more guaranteed money than half the first round

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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.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

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.