Deyonta Davis came under a major amount of criticism for leaving MSU early and falling out of the NBA first round. Well the adage that, “He who laughs last, laughs best,” rings true this morning. Yesterday according to Yahoo Davis signed his first NBA contract and the Memphis Grizzlies are going to pay him like a first rounder including $4 million in guaranteed money.
Per the report:
Davis finalized the fully guaranteed three-year deal on Sunday that allows Memphis to retain his Bird rights as a free agent and eliminate the Arenas provision, leaving him with no restrictions on how much he could earn on a second deal while entering free agency one year earlier than if he had been selected in the first round. With the exponential rise in the NBA’s salary cap, more second-round rookies have sought ways to enter the free-agency market as swiftly as possible.
Davis’ deal exceeds the guaranteed slotted salary of the 16th pick in the draft. Davis left Michigan State as a freshman, and his three-year deal allows him to reach free agency entering his fourth season.