Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin's second straight start in the All-Star Game kicked in a clause in the current collective bargaining agreement to add an additional $15.7 million to his current five-year deal.
According to Eric Pincus at HoopsWorld, the "5th Year 30% Max Criteria" is the clause in the CBA that will add the extra dollars on top of the $78.6 million extension Griffin signed in the offseason. Players coming off rookie contracts are eligible for four-year deals, but each team can choose one "designated player" to sign to a five-year deal. The Clippers chose Griffin.
One of three events can cause the "5th Year 30% Max Criteria" to boost a player's salary:
- Be named league MVP, or
- Earn an All-NBA first-, second-, or third-team selection in two seasons, or
- Be voted in by the fans to the All-Star Game twice.
The exact figures for Griffin's earnings next season will be computed and released in July.
Pincus reported Griffin's contract extension specified the "maximum salary" as opposed to an actual figure, which is commonplace in contract negotiations among league stars.