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Report: Joakim Noah to receive $500K bonus if he’s named to All-NBA first team

Mar 15, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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Plenty of players have incentives built into their contracts, but many of them are negotiated in that (at least at the time) would appear to be long shots, at best.

The one Joakim Noah has a legitimate shot of earning this season, however, was something that the Bulls had to see as a real possibility when they inked him to a five-year extension worth $60 million guaranteed back in 2010.

Fromm Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times:

Joakim Noah doesn’t want to get involved with all the hype surrounding his candidacy as a first-team All-NBA performer.

But he might want to start, considering he has a $500,000 bonus check coming his way if he receives that honor at the end of the regular season.

The All-NBA team is voted upon by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, and unlike the recent change to the All-Star election process, it’s positional — meaning, it’s mandatory for a center to be included on each of the first, second and third team results.

Noah has a great chance of making it, considering his only real competition at the center position would be Dwight Howard and Roy Hibbert. And since many in the media consistently champion the way the Bulls have overcome adversity this season by competing with maximum effort on a nightly basis, Noah may end up being the one who personally benefits from all of that positive coverage.

  1. thevikesarebest - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    The bulls will get eliminated in 4 games.#clowns.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Why?? Seriously. Why. The hatred.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      dude, you sound like the clown.

  2. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Viking fans have gone off the rails in these comment sections. Really creepy.

  3. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Since D. Rose has been out, Noah has been the heart & soul of this team for 2 years now. This is Jo’s team even when Rose comes back. He plays with so much emotion & passion. We would suck without him. The best big man in the league by far. The United Center is Noah’s house & I love watching him play. Chicago loves you Jo!

  4. cluelessdufus - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Ya, its depressing because I’m a Vikings fan. He thinks that the Vikings have a dynasty waiting for them (obviously trolling) and now he is talking crap about the most impressive team play this year.

  5. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM


    I try not to judge an entire fanbase by what I read in these comments, but these Minnesota fans have been comin out in full force lately, nice to know that not all of you are crazy.

  6. rajbais - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Why aren’t there more incentive-laden contracts in the NBA???

    If owners thought of this sooner then they wouldn’t have to lock out players.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      @ raj

      I’m pretty sure that there are a ton of them. It’s just not made public. At least not until the sports writers have something to type about.

      • pudgalvin - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        And the vast majority of the award winners are already at max contracts. There just aren’t a ton of guys that have any kind of shot at an All NBA team spot. Out of the 15 spots on last year’s team, 11 of 15 where currently at max deals, 2 more could expect max deals, and 1 had already gotten a couple of max contracts. To me, David Lee was the only guy out the 15 that fits the Noah profile in that you wouldn’t really expect him to earn a spot.

  7. 00maltliquor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Jo has sooo much heart! Real talk, he’s a very special player. Intangibles don’t show up in box scores but this guy is super invaluable. I have MUCH respect for Noah. One of my favorites in the game.

  8. campcouch - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Good luck,the Bulls cheap FO will sabotage that. You know they’re not handing out $500K. They put that in his contract believing it would never happen. Thibs is going to get a call to “rest” Noah a stretch.

    • katra2logic - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Bad logic campcouch. The only reason Noah rests is if he is too injured to play. He dragged the Bulls into the playoffs last year after the first Rose injury and will again this year after the second Rose injury and the Deng trade.That is a minimum of 6 home playoff games which are worth millions to the Chicago organization. $500,000 seems like a pretty good investment now.

    • blueintown - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Right. They had no problem giving him $60 million dollars, but they’re going to sabotage his $500k bonus. Seems like a completely reasonable strategy.

  9. blackhercules718 - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:04 AM


    Book it…..

    • pudgalvin - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      I think no Harden. I’d say Chris Paul is a more likely candidate for that spot.

      • blackhercules718 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        CP3 missed a lot of time and Harden’s team may finish with a better record…me personally I’d vote for Harden over Paul

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