NEW YORK (AP) – LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook headlined the All-NBA first team announced Thursday, but perhaps an even more significant story was who didn’t make the third team.
For Indiana’s Paul George and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a chance at signing contracts exceeding $200 million this summer is gone.
George and Hayward fell well short of making any of the three All-NBA teams, which means they will not be eligible to get the ”supermax” extensions from Indiana and Utah this summer and now will face more questions about their futures in their respective cities. George is under contract to the Pacers for next season, while Hayward is likely to elect to become a free agent this summer.
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”These opportunities don’t come around very much,” Hayward said earlier this month. ”That’s why you hire an agent, to deal with this type of stuff.”
All three teams have two guards, two forwards and one center.