The Miami Heat and Bam Adebayo have agreed to a maximum five-year extension, Adebayo’s agent Alex Saratsis told ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
The deal includes clauses that can bring its total value to $ 195 million over five years, Saratsis told ESPN.
The Heat had until December 21 to agree with Adebayo on an extension this season, or else they would have had to postpone the matter until next summer. Miami has said the team’s intention was to give Adebayo a new deal; the question was only when. By waiting until next summer, the Heat would have had more flexibility in the salary cap.
Adebayo is coming off what was by far 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 block to save the game on a dunk attempt by Jayson Tatum in the final seconds of Miami’s Game 1 win over Boston in the Eastern Conference finals and made the NBA All-Defensive team.
When the deal is made official, Adebayo will become the fourth member of the 2017 NBA draft class to secure a maximum extension; the others are De’Aaron Fox from Sacramento, Donovan Mitchell from Utah and Tatum.
Adebayo averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists last season. Only one other player in the league had those numbers: two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. And until Adebayo, no player in Heat history had finished a season with those averages in all three categories.
Adebayo had told The Associated Press during the NBA reboot earlier this summer at Walt Disney World that his only financial goal was to take care of his mother, Marilyn Blount. She raised him alone in North Carolina, earning about $ 15,000 a year from her multiple jobs and with the family living in a trailer.
“That competitive nature manifests itself when I feel like I’m playing badly and when things aren’t going well,” Adebayo said in the September interview with AP. “I think about how he struggled through the hardships … You watch it for 18 years in a row, you take that burden and you feel that responsibility. And my responsibility is to support my mom, and the best way to make sure she can do that is to help us. to win “.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.