Harden, James top All-NBA team; George, Hayward shut out

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Harden, James top All-NBA team; George, Hayward shut out

If George had been selected to one of the three All-NBA teams this year, the Pacers could have offered him a five-year contract extension worth more than $200 million that would've begun next summer. But if George remains unknown of his decision and continues his career with the Pacers through next season, they risk him signing with an opposing team in free agency of 2018 - losing their best player for nothing in return and possibly triggering an extensive rebuild. 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.

George could have helped Atlanta climb from the middle rungs of the Eastern Conference playoff picture into contention territory alongside the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. IN is hoping that he makes the All-NBA Third Team, which would allow them to offer him a massive extension that no other team could come close to matching. One that came to mind immediately for anyone who follows the National Basketball Association closely is the idea of the Lakers trading for Pacers All-Star Paul George.

James and Harden headlined the All-NBA first team that was unveiled by the league Thursday.

No surprise here. Russell Westbrook named to All-NBA First Team.

"These opportunities don't come around very much", Hayward said earlier this month.

That is about $75 million more than another team could guarantee George were he to sign elsewhere if he opted for free agency in 2018.

Other second-team picks along with Gobert and Thomas were Golden State teammates Stephen Curry (guard) and Kevin Durant (forward) and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo (forward).

All-NBA balloting is done by 100 members of the NBA media. If a team resigns their own player who has qualified for the DVPE, they can offer more, and that higher amount depends on the team and their payroll. They finished seventh and eighth among forwards, but were well short of the vote totals of Third Team forwards Draymond Green (134) and Jimmy Butler (102). If he leaves, the most he can earn is around $131 million through four years, which is an average annual value of $32.7 million. With the MVP award not being announced until late June, there is plenty of time to celebrate the accomplishment before moving on.

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