The NBA All-Star ballots were counted, and Kyrie Irving was not named a starter in the Eastern Conference. By not being named to the starting five, Irving lost out on $7 to $10 million, according to Sports Illustrated.
“Because Irving signed a max extension last year, totaling $90 million over five years, he was eligible to earn the extra money under the ‘Derrick Rose‘ provision if he met specific standards. To earn the money, Irving had to either be voted into the All-Star game via fan voting or win the league’s MVP award this season.”
Irving, who finished fourth among guards in the fan vote, is averaging 21 points and 5.3 assist per game this year.
It’s not all bad for Irving, who will make $14 million next season after signing the aforementioned extension last summer.
Plus, Nike unveiled Irving’s first signature shoe just before Christmas…and there’s always the long shot of the former Duke Blue Devil winning his first NBA MVP. Unlikely, yes, but not impossible.