Anthony Davis has emerged as a two-way force during his three seasons in New Orleans, rightfully wearing the mantle as the NBA’s next generational star. The New Orleans Pelicans are understandably preparing to pay him like it.Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported the Pelicans will offer Davis a five-year contract extension in July, which could exceed $140 million. The actual terms of Davis’ contract will depend on how high the salary cap rises in 2016-17, the first year of the NBA’s new television deal. Current projections have the cap in 2016-17 at $89 million, a jump of roughly $22 million ($21.9 million) from 2015-16, per Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Davis commented on the possibility of signing a max deal, per John Reid of NOLA.com. “It’s a business, so whether this July or next July or the Julys down the road, it’s going to come up,” he said. “When that time comes, you are going have to deal with it and make tough decisions.” Davis, who fans voted as an All-Star Game starter in February, will almost certainly be eligible for the so-called “Derrick Rose Rule.” Under a provision of the NBA’s current wholesale nba jerseys collective bargaining agreement, players are eligible to make 30 percent of their team’s salary cap when signing an extension if they reach certain performance benchmarks. Players on their rookie contracts who do not reach the parameters are capped at a maximum of 25 percent. Davis averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game while leading the Pelicans to their first playoff berth in four seasons. His 30.81 player efficiency rating from this season is the 11th-highest mark in NBA history, per Basketball-Reference.com. With Davis improving by leaps and bounds, it’s not a shock that the Pelicans will do everything possible to keep the budding superstar with the franchise. It’s ultimately up to Davis, however, whether he wants to sign a five-year deal with New Orleans or potentially pursue a shorter contract instead.