George’s tricky contract and the All-NBA team

Paul George and the Pacers appear to be at a crossroads.

Paul George of the Indiana Pacers 2018 free agency fate could be determined by Thursday’s All-NBA Team announcements.

George, who averaged 23.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and 3.3 apg, while leading Indiana to a 42-40 regular-season record was not selected to his fourth All-NBA team. Due to this turn of events, per contract stipulation, Indiana can no longer offer the 27-year-old forward a designated player supermax contract.

This takes a potential $30 Million off George’s plate. Had the four-time All Star been named to a second consecutive All-NBA squad, his current employer likely would have tendered George the coveted five-year $207 Million extension.

Instead, the best deal Indiana can now offer its scoring leader is a standard five-year $180 Million maximum.

George, who can opt out of his current deal in 2018, was passed over for All-NBA honors by the following players.

All NBA First Team:

  • Kawhi Leonard
  • LeBron James
  • James Harden
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Anthony Davis

All NBA Second Team:

  • Stephen Curry
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Kevin Durant
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Rudy Gobert

All-NBA Third Team

  • John Wall
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Draymond Green
  • Jimmy Butler
  • DeAndre Jordan