Paul George Is Going To Make Way Less Money Next Year Because He Didn’t Make An All NBA Team

Dime - Indiana Pacers star Paul George was the odd man out on Thursday as the NBA released the All-NBA teams as voted on by the media. Jimmy Butler and Draymond Green landed the two forward spots on the third team as George and Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward were left off the teams. That may not seem significant on the surface, but considering that Hayward and George needed to make the All-NBA team this year in order to be eligible for the designated player exception, it’s a very big deal to those two players.

Had George or Hayward made one of the three All-NBA teams, they would’ve been eligible for a five-year, $207 million extension from their current teams, which would have made them near locks to stay in Indiana and Utah respectively, even though George’s desire to go to the Lakers is well known. The most the Lakers could offer is a 4-year, $130 million deal, which is still a lot of money but not anything close to what the Pacers could have offered (potential salary numbers come courtesy Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report).

Now, the Pacers find themselves only able to offer a 5-year, $177 million deal to George, which is not all that significant a difference when you consider he will be able to make up a large portion of the $47 million difference in his next contract. The Pacers’ best hope to keep George next summer was for him to make this year’s All-NBA team and sign him to the super-max deal.

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The way the NBA decides on how much money a guy can make in a contract being decided by sports writers who didn’t even unanimously vote LeBron to the All NBA First Team is so ass backwards I have to love it. Let’s imagine Paul George is a really likable guy, funny guy who all the voters love and snuck onto the All NBA 3rd team. Instead of making a maximum of 177 million over the next 5 years, he would have been able to make 207 million, a difference of a fun 30 million.

Now, some people might think “whats 30 million dollars when you already have 177?” to which my go-to answer is 30 fucking million more dollars, AKA this yacht

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But because they didn’t make the team, Paul George and Gordon Hayward can’t free roll that yacht. When you think about it that way, it’s a shit ton of money.

So now, since it’s pretty well known PG wants to go to the Lakers and the Lakers want PG, the most he can make there is 130 million, which is 47 million less than he can make in Indiana, and a whopping 77 million fewer dollars than he would have made had he made it onto an All NBA Team. Amazing.

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