Yesterday's announcement from the NBA confirming the 10 starters for the upcoming All-Star game was cause for celebration for a number of big name players across the league.
For every proud player who made the cut, however, there is a disappointed star who didn't manage to garner enough fan votes. And, for one player, his absence from the starting roster could cost him a cool $23 million.
On the line
As reported by CBS, the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis is at risk of missing out on a bumper pay day due to a wrinkle in his recently signed five-year, $145 million contract extension.
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It all boils down the "Rose Rule", part of the collective bargaining agreement named after Derrick Rose.
Under the rule, per CBAfaq.com, players coming off the first four years of their rookie contracts can earn 30-percent of the salary cap in a max extension (rather than the standard 25) if they meet certain criteria during that fifth year:
Voted an All-Star starter a minimum of two times
Named the NBA MVP at least once
Achieve All-NBA honors at least twice (at either First, Second or Third team level)
Davis was a 2014-15 All-Star starter and All-NBA first teamer but, as summed up by Yahoo's Bobby Marks:
Despite missing out on an All-Star spot by some distance - Davis ranked just ninth in the West with 400,688 votes - he can still salvage the money by making the end of season All-NBA teams.
Crucial months ahead
However the Pelicans star isn't assured of that as his NOLA franchise languishes on a 15-27 record.
With six front court spots available across the three 'teams', five of Davis' peers are already virtually assured of their places; LeBron, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.
All that means Davis needs to pull out all the stops in the final months of the season to get himself in contention for that sixth spot. With the likes of Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony also vying for the honor, that's no easy task.
NBA fans: Were the right players picked as All-Star starters? Who missed out that should have got in? Have your say in the comments below...