After next season, he would have seven years of service and one year left on his current contract, which would make him a qualified player for a five-year max contract extension. They would have had a hard time offering him a supermax contract given their current salary cap situation.
Yet, Thompson insisted he can deal with that reality for a simple reason.
LeBron James was not a first-team All-NBA selection for the first time since 2007, when he was named to the second team.
This year, Steph Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook all made the list over Thompson.
"But when you go to five-straight NBA Finals it takes more than a couple All-NBA guys". Thompson said trailing off. It's an all-time team. "But whatever. I'd rather win a championship than be on All-NBA".
Thompson will be about $30 million poorer as a result.
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Curry signed a five-year, $221 million contract in the 2017 offseason.
Thompson's exclusion could also help Draymond Green's chances to land a supermax contract.
By making a second consecutive All-NBA team, Antetokounmpo put himself in line to receive the largest contract in NBA history next summer: a five-year deal from the Bucks worth $247.3 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.
Thompson's day was not completely ruined.
"He should have been first [team]", Green said.
"I'm very grateful to be recognized".
"I ain't going to say that", Green said. "It was hard work and I was happy to make it". "But that lineup looked good on that second team, so it's all good". Warriors coach Steve Kerr also marveled at Thompson's ability to switch onto big men.
Gobert led all players with 2.6 blocks per game while finishing the regular season with a fourth-ranked 12.9 rebounds per game, and has now averaged over 10 rebounds per game in each of the past four seasons.