So says ESPN:

The $30 million question

Joel Embiid | SIXERS

Is Anthony Davis a forward or center? Unlike last season when Davis earned All-NBA First Team center and played 64 percent of his minutes at the 5, Davis has played center just 45 percent of the time this season, including 47 starts (out of 73 games) at power forward, per Cleaning The Glass. The challenge that the voting media faces is that if Davis is voted a First-Team All-NBA forward, who out of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo is moved to the second team? It’s an unfair decision — finagling one player’s position to get another on the ballot — but one the media likely would have needed to make if DeMarcus Cousins hadn’t suffered a season-ending Achilles injury.

In the unlikely scenario that Davis is voted in as a forward, Joel Embiid could be in line to receive an extra $30 million in his contract.

Embiid has a clause in his rookie extension signed last October that would see his first-year salary increase from 25 percent of the cap to 30 percent by earning All-NBA First Team status. The total compensation would increase from $147 million to $177 million and see the 76ers lose a projected $5 million in cap space over each of the next five seasons.

Unlike the veteran super-max criteria (All-NBA First, Second or Third Team, Defensive Player of the Year or MVP), teams have the right to negotiate the criteria in a rookie extension:


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