Players qualify if they make the All-NBA team the year before the extension or are named Most Valuable Player or Defensive Player of the Year.
Paul George has made it clear in more ways than one that he doesn't want to play for the Indiana Pacers any longer. If George leaves IN, teams can only offer him four years and around $133 million, which is just about $80 million *less* than if he made one of the All-NBA teams and re-signed with the Pacers. Due to the league policy regarding the Designated Player Exception, George would have been eligible for a five-year, $207 million extension from the Pacers this offseason had he made one of the three All-NBA teams.
With the latest collective bargaining agreement going into effect this summer, teams are given an edge to keep their superstars if they make the first, second or third All-NBA teams. IN would still be able to pay him more money than any other team, but they wouldn't have almost the same advantage they'd have with the DPVE.
It should be noted that the Hawks do own two first-round picks acquired through trades and both are protected. In the section listed "Other players receiving votes" are Indiana's Paul George and Utah's Gordon Hayward, each players whose summers will be directly altered by not making any of the three teams.
The Lakers have the flexibility to make a summer signing of George into a one-two punch, similar to how the Cleveland Cavaliers did when LeBron James came home and brought Kevin Love in for the ride.
The Indiana Pacers heard offers for their All-Star guard Paul George at the trade deadline, but ultimately chose to stick by him, keeping their core intact. It will be one of the more interesting subplots to follow over the next few months and into next season. May.
Should Pacers opt to trade George then the front office will look to take advantage of those frights and start a bidding process, but it will be up to Lakers current president of basketball operation Magic Johnson and the team general manager Rob Pelinka to resist. Analysts believed the two sides were a flawless fit for one another because Boston is a team full of tradeable assets, but are also perhaps one star wing player away from contending with Cleveland in the playoffs.
For Houston's James Harden, there was affirmation.
George would waste the best seasons of his career playing for a team that might not even make the playoffs.