Richmond Times-Dispatch

Adebayo, Ingram score extensions


Heat post player and Pelicans forward agree to max five-year contracts.

MIAMI— BamAdebayo came to the NBA with the goal of providing for his mother and changing her life.

His first contract took care of that.

And the way he sees it, his next contract sets his family up for generation­s.

Adebayo and the Miami Heat agreed on a five-year extension that will be worth at least $163 million, the team and Adebayo’s agent Alex Saratsis said Tuesday. The contract has not been signed and won’t be until Adebayo completes a physical, something that is likely to occur in the next few days.

It will be the richest contract in terms of total value in Heat history.

“This is an accomplish­ment I always wanted to get,” Adebayo said. “Just being able to reach this milestone and being able to generation­ally change my family’s life and also take care of the people around me, it’s a big deal to me.”

Adebayo will make $5.1 million this season, the final year of his rookie contract. From there, the extension will kick in with a starting salary of somewhere around $28.1 million for the 2021-22 season. And if he makes an All-NBA team or wins another top leaguewide honor this season, his annual salary would only rise more.

The 6-foot-10 Adebayo is coming off the best season of his career. He was an All-Star for the first time, won the skills competitio­n at All-Star weekend, had the game-saving block of a Jayson Tatum dunk attempt in the final seconds of Miami’s Game 1 win over Boston in the Eastern Conference finals and made the NBA’s All-Defensive team.

Adebayo got hurt in the NBA Finals — a six-game loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. When this deal is done, he’ll become the fourth member of the 2017 NBA draft class to secure a max extension, the others being Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Tatum.

Adebayo averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists this past season. Only one other player in the league had those numbers— two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokoun­mpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, with whom Adebayo shares an agent. And no player in Heat history ever finished a season with those averages in all three categories, until Adebayo.

Ingramagre­es to five-year extensionw­ith Pelicans

Restricted free agent Brandon Ingram agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ingram’s agents, Jeff Schwartz and Jordan Gertler of Excel Sports Management, confirmed the deal on Tuesday to The Associated Press. Ingram is the NBA’s reigning most improved player after averaging a team-high 23.8 points in his first season with the Pelicans.

The 23-year-old Ingram, a 2016 second overall draft choice by the Los Angeles Lakers, was dealt to New Orleans during the 2019 offseason as part of a blockbuste­r trade that sent perennial All-Star

AnthonyDav­is to the Lakers.

New Orleans also received guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, as well as multiple draft picks in that deal.

The 6-foot-7 Ingram this season developed into an effective and reliable scorer from the perimeter as well as on dribble drives. He shot a career best 39.1% from 3-point range but also routinely finished above the rim in the free-flowing, uptempo offense the Pelicans ran last season under previous coach Alvin Gentry.

Adamsagree­s to extension after trade to Pelicans

Veteran 7-foot NBA center Steven Adams has agreed to a two-year extension following his trade to New Orleans as part of a four-team deal that also sent guard Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans to Milwaukee.

Adams’ extension is for $35 million, said a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been announced.

Adams is a New Zealand native who has spent all of his seven NBA seasons in Oklahoma City, averaging 9.8, 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, a block and 0.9 steals during his career.

The deal, which also sent guard Eric Bledsoe from the Bucks to the Pelicans, additional­ly provides New Orleans with Milwaukee’s first-round draft choices in 2025 and 2027, along with the right to swap first-rounders with the Bucks in 2024 and 2026.

Oklahoma City gets a future first round draft pick from Denver; guard George Hill from Milwaukee; and wing player Zylan Cheatham, guard Josh Gray, forward DariusMill­er, forward Kenrich Williams, and two second-round draft picks from the Pelicans.

The Bucks acquired the draft rights to SamMerrill, who was picked 60th overall by New Orleans, as part of the trade, while Denver acquired the draft rights to R. J. Hampton, who was selected 24th overall by Milwaukee on draft night.

Milwaukee also re-signed guard Pat Connaughto­n on Tuesday to a three-year deal worth nearly $16million.

Connaughto­n, 27, averaged 5.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 18.6 minutes while playing in 67 games for the Bucks last season. He originally signed with the Bucks prior to the 2018-19 season. The 2015 second-round pick from Notre Dame has career averages of 4.8 points. 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 283 games with Portland and Milwaukee.

Hawks: The Sacramento Kings declined to match Atlanta’s four-year, $72 million offer sheet for Bogdan Bogdanovic, a person with knowledge of the decision told AP. Bogdanovic averaged 15.1 points last season for the Kings.

Pistons: Veteran guard Wayne Ellington agreed to terms with Detroit, according to Priority Sports. Ellington played 28 games with the Pistons during the 201819 season. He averaged 5.1 points a game last season for the New York Knicks.

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