The New Orleans Pelicans shut down star forward Anthony Davis for the remainder of the season, and he could be in danger of missing out on quite a bit of scratch.

Davis, 23, inked a massive, incentive-laden deal last summer but he may not earn roughly $25 million of it if he’s not named to one of the All-NBA teams.

AD joked with reporters last week that he needs their help to get all of his money.

Per ESPN and The Times-Picayune:

“It’s a contract. It’s a contract. Twenty-four million dollars … they give out that for [full] contracts,” Davis said. “Can’t control it. You just got to control what you can control, and that’s what’s on the floor.” […] The payout depends on what is known as the “Derrick Rose Rule” in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. If a player on a rookie contract is voted an All-Star starter twice, makes any of the three All-NBA teams twice or wins regular-season MVP, he is eligible to make 30 percent of the league’s cap amount in the first season, which brings the total contract to more than $145 million.


If he doesn’t make an All-NBA team, as voted on by qualifying media members, Davis will make a little more than $120 million, starting at 25 percent of the cap — a difference of around $25 million. […] “One hundred twenty-five million is still a lot of money … a lot of damn money,” he said. “But there’s nothing you can do about it. Just go out there and play and see how it pans out.”


“I have said nothing but nice stuff to you-all,” Davis said laughing to a small group of reporters assembled in front of his locker stall at the Smoothie King Center after Friday’s shootaround. “Hopefully, you know, whatever you guys need.”