Celtics' Isaiah Thomas makes All-NBA second team

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The Lakers hold the No. 2 pick in this year's draft and have several talented young players.

What this means is that George will not be able to negotiate a max contract extension with the Pacers. He could still get the super-max deal next summer with an All-NBA selection in 2018, but in might not wait around to see if that happens.

Obviously, a championship is in the back of his mind - but also being happy while he plays has to be on his priority list. This new addition makes most people think that Russell Westbrook, who qualifies for the new Super Max contract will stick around in Oklahoma City.

Because George didn't make an All-NBA team this year, he won't be eligible for the Designation Player Exception outlined in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement.

George wasn't the only player to lose out on money from the selections. Apparently, the Atlanta Hawks were willing to part with a lot to obtain George earlier this season, but no deal ever came to fruition.

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"Happy @James Harden was able to bounce back from his tough 29/8/6 performance last season to prove again he is one of the 15 best National Basketball Association players", Morey wrote.

George would waste the best seasons of his career playing for a team that might not even make the playoffs. Obviously, though, a $200+ million guaranteed contract extension offer would have tested George's conviction. If not, the Lakers will wait for George to opt out of his player's option next season to be able to sign him. And this is where the situation could get complicated for the Lakers. Analysts believed the two sides were a flawless fit for one another because Boston is a team full of tradeable assets, but are also perhaps one star wing player away from contending with Cleveland in the playoffs. The exact numbers depend on how the salary cap stacks up. They'll make a combined $72 million this season.

"We would really like him to become a Laker", Kimmel said.

All three teams have two guards, two forwards and one center. Perhaps the Pacers would have traded him before he could leave anyway, just to ensure they get something in return. This past trade deadline, it was believed to nearly be a guarantee that either George or Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler would end up with the Boston Celtics.

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