Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo agreed to 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.
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 this season, something he narrowly missed doing this past season, his annual salary would only rise more.
Adebayo averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists this past season.
• Restricted free agent Brandon Ingram agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the Pelicans.Ingram is the NBA's reigning most improved player after averaging a team-high 23.8 points in his first season with the Pelicans.
• Veteran 7-foot center Steven Adams agreed to a two-year, $35 million extension with the Pelicans. Adams 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.
• Milwaukee re-signed guard Pat Connaughton to a three-year deal worth nearly $16 million. 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.
• Free agent guard Brad Wanamaker signed with the Warriors. Wanamaker spent the past two seasons with Boston. He averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds while playing 19.3 minutes in 71 games with one start for the Celtics during 2019-20.
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Tennis: The sports minister for Victoria state says the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne will "most likely" be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start of Jan. 18.
Baseball: Tampa Bay outfielder Randy Arozarena was arrested in Mexico's Yucatán state for a situation involving an apparent custody dispute, just two weeks after he won the Babe Ruth award for the Most Valuable Player in the postseason.
The Yucatán state prosecutors' office confirmed that Arozarena was detained "for problems relating to his ex-partner." The office did not explain what those problems were, but video posted on social media suggested it may have involved a dispute over a child. He has not been formally charged yet.
• The Braves signed two-time All-Star Charlie Morton to a $15 million, one-year deal.