By Stefan Djordjevic/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Giannis Anteotokounmpo was voted in the All-NBA First Team and that made him eligible to sign the largest contract in the NBA history, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
By making it to a second consecutive All-NBA team, Antetokounmpo will be able to receive the largest contract in NBA history next summer (2020).
It would be a five-year deal extension from the Milwaukee Bucks worth $247.3 million. The contract would carry a $42.6, $46.0, $49.5, $52.9 and $56.3M cap hit.
This deal will give to Antetokounmpo a starting salary worth up to 35% of the cap, which is referred to as a “supermax” contract.
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.
Players must also prove themselves to be one of the most elite players in the league, which can be done in one of three ways:
• Winning MVP in any of the three most recent seasons
• Winning Defensive Player of the Year in the most recent season or in the prior two seasons
• Being named to an All-NBA team in the most recent season or in the prior two seasons.
Giannis is eligible after being part of the All-NBA First team this year, but he is also a candidate for both the MVP and the Defensive player of the year award.