The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly committed to Darius Garland, agreeing to sign the point guard to a five-year, $193 million max extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
It gives the 22-year-old a hefty salary as he enters his prime.
The deal is also a significant decision for the Cavaliers as they try to build a contender. Let's break down the ramifications.
Pressure Is on Garland to Keep Improving
Garland is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 21.7 points and 8.6 assists per game, earning his first All-Star selection. He finished third in the voting for the league's Most Improved Player behind Ja Morant and Dejounte Murray.
The guard is exceeding expectations as the No. 5 pick in the 2019 draft and has proved he can be a go-to option offensively.
However, he is getting superstar money, and the current numbers won't quite cut it.
The latest contract, without the escalators, averages $38.6 million per year, which would rank 14th in the NBA, per Spotrac. It puts him ahead of more proven players such as Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid.
It's a monster investment for a player who ranked 49th in the NBA in win shares last season. In 2020-21, Garland ranked 276th in the same category.