The Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz can’t be particularly pleased with the 2017 All-NBA teams.
The three All-NBA teams were announced Thursday, and neither Indiana’s Paul George nor Utah’s Gordon Hayward made the cut. While that might seem like a bummer but not a big deal for the two players, it actually could cost them and their current teams.
This development means neither player can sign a super-max contract with their current teams this summer. Without an All-NBA nod, the Jazz can’t offer Hayward, who can opt out of his contract this offseason, a five-year, $207 million super-max contract, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. George, meanwhile, can’t opt out of his contract until after next season, but the Pacers could have inked a super-max extension with him if he made the list, as Wojnarowski pointed out.
A super-max contract is one of the best pieces of leverage a player’s current team has in negotiations, and it’s good for the players, too, since they get even more money. But Utah and Indiana lost that leverage Thursday.
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