On Thursday afternoon the NBA announced its All-NBA teams, honoring the 15 best players in the league during the 2018-19 season.
The list is broken down into three different teams of five players: two guards, two forwards and one center on each.
For some players, making the list means more that just the acknowledgement of a great season. It can also mean a major pay raise.
However, missing the All-NBA team can also cost players money. Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson failed to make any of the three teams, and missed out on his opportunity to be eligible for a max contract.
While that’s bad news for Klay, it’s great news for his teammate, Draymond Green.
According to Tim Bontemps, Green can now earn a max contract from the Warriors in 2020 if he makes All-NBA or wins Defensive Player of the Year.
While Klay Thompson is now *only* eligible for a five-year, $191 million max this summer as a free agent, it leaves open the possibility that Draymond Green can qualify for it by making All-NBA or winning DPOY in 2020. Teams can only have two supermax players signed at one time.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 23, 2019
Teams are not allowed to have more than two max contract players on one team. Star point guard Steph Curry currently holds one of the team’s max slots.
Curry signed the biggest contract in NBA history in 2017 when he inked a five-year, $201 million deal with the Warriors.
Green failed to make All-NBA and isn’t likely to win Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, so he’ll have to take a step forward in 2019-20 if he wants a max deal.