George and Hayward miss out thanks to All-NBA vote

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 IN and Utah this summer and now will face more questions about their futures IN their respective cities.

The Atlanta Hawks offered four first round picks to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George at the trade deadline.

Because he didn't make All-NBA this year (or in '14-15), the Pacers can, right now, only offer George a four-year extension (that goes through the '21-22 season) worth about $137 million. Had he made it this year, the Pacers would have been able to offer him more money than other teams. So that's when we will know whether or not Paul George was voted on and would then be in line for a supermax contract extension.

Wall was named third-team All NBA earlier this week which also was part of the media voting.

In terms of useful information for the future, this isn't exactly groundbreaking, simply because George's asking price would nearly have to be lower with only one year left on his current contract.

National Basketball Association insider Sam Smith reported Thursday that though Lakers have the option of signing Paul George during next year's free agency period, Johnson "isn't that patient" and wants to land a big fish ahead of the 2017-18 season.

So if Miami, or any other team, swings a deal for George it would have to come with an assurance that it can re-sign him next summer. Someone like George who views himself as that missing piece for a team would have to consider the Lakers even if he didn't grow up idolizing Kobe Bryant and loving the purple and gold. The new Lakers front office, led by Magic Johnson, is hoping to add a superstar to the roster ahead of next year's All-Star game in Los Angeles. However, the Hawks made an offer for George that has many fans wondering why the Pacers didn't bite - especially considering that George will most likely leave next season if he isn't traded beforehand. A trade seems like the logical choice for the Los Angeles Lakers, who has the assets to offer the Indiana Pacers.

At first glance, the All-NBA first team makes ideal sense.

If Indiana decides to keep George, there is a way for the Pacers to keep him long-term as the continued face of the franchise.

The Lakers have the No. 2 pick next month and could attempt to trade for George, but why pay such a high price if you believe you can sign him in a year without losing anything?

It should be noted that the Hawks do own two first-round picks acquired through trades and both are protected.

  • Angelo Rivera