Kevin Durant Becomes First Player to Use "Derrick Rose" Rule
Derrick Rose just made Kevin Durant a "richer" man.
After the long NBA lockout, which lasted over five months, one of the big wins for the players' side was the addition of a new rule called the "Derrick Rose rule." It allows young players still on their rookie contracts to outplay their contracts and earn 30 percent of their team's salary cap, as opposed to 25 percent. Rose will obviously have the rule apply to his contract, seeing as how it's named after him; but his contract extension won't kick in until next season.
According to RealGM, Kevin Durant will actually be the first player to use the "Derrick Rose" rule in his contract, when his new max contract begins this season. The new rule will allow Durant to make an extra $2,584,438 this season and about $14,860,519 over the course of his new contract extension. The new extension also means that the Thunder will now be over the salary cap.
To qualify for the "Derrick Rose" rule, players have to meet certain criteria. This includes either being named an All-Star starter for two years, making two All-NBA teams or being named the NBA MVP in your first four seasons. So far, only Rose and Durant qualify for the rule. However, certain young players have a chance to meet the criteria such as Russell Westbrook, who would only need to be named to an All-NBA team; or Blake Griffin, who still has two seasons to be named an All-Star starter.