Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

James out of NBA First Team

James out of NBA First Team

Unsurprisingly, no Bulls landed on any of the three All-NBA teams the league announced Thursday.

Under the CBA, players can only sign supermax contracts with their current teams and become eligible if they have been in the league for seven or eight years and have not been traded since the first four years in the league.

When told that Hornets star Kemba Walker made the NBA Third Team ahead of him, Thompson looked puzzled and rolled his eyes. The Charlotte Hornets have the ability to offer him a five-year, $221 million dollar contract, which would be $80 million dollars more than any other team can offer him.

"That's cool and all but when you go to five straight finals - I respect those guys - but when you go to five straight it takes more than a couple of All-NBA guys". The Milwaukee Bucks can offer him a five-year deal that would be the largest contract in National Basketball Association history.

Five points are given for a first-team vote, three points for a second-team vote and one point for a third-team nod.

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When asked how he felt about this decision affecting his next contract Thompson said, "It is what it is".

"It is what it is, you know, I can't control it", Thompson said, shrugging with a wry smile. "Do I think there are that many guards better than me? No". "I don't even want to get into it honestly".

Antetokounmpo and Harden were unanimous selections, receiving all 100 votes from a panel of writers and broadcasters who had to choose two guards, two forwards and one center for each of the three teams.

James has been a lock for most of his career, but was no sure thing after an injury-shortened first season in Los Angeles.

They are joined by Stephen Curry (91 first team votes), Paul George (71 first team votes), and Nikola Jokic (59 first team votes). Whoosh. That's the sound of most of the Mavericks' salary cap space going to one player, who doesn't, from a position standpoint, fill one of their biggest needs.

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