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Towns left off All-NBA teams, misses out on big bonus

Memphis Grizzlies center Joakim Noah, left, handles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. Photo: (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Memphis Grizzlies center Joakim Noah, left, handles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn.

May 23, 2019 02:52 PM

The 2018-19 All-NBA teams have been announced by the league and Karl-Anthony Towns was not named to one of the three teams.

This was a decision that came down to Towns and Utah's Rudy Gobert, who finished with the third team honor. This was the race for the third-team spot partly because New Orleans' Anthony Davis requested a trade from the Pelicans midway through the season and was on a minutes restriction the rest of the way. Denver's Nikola Jokic was named to the All-NBA first team and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid was named to the second team.

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The results of the vote do impact Towns' contract that kicks in this summer. Last September he agreed to sign a five-year deal worth up to $190 million over the life of the contract. That figure was contingent on him making one of the three All-NBA teams this season, just as he did last year. Not making an All-NBA team means that his deal is now worth around $158 million over the next five seasons.

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