Kevin Durant has become the first beneficiary of the so-called 'Derrick Rose Rule'.
Durant meets the eligibility considerations by being named to the All-NBA first team in 2010 and 2011.
Had Durant not been granted the larger maximum salary, his 2010-11 earnings would have been $12,922,194 and his five-year extension would have totaled $74,302,616. By being granted the larger maximum, Durant earns an extra $2,584,438 this season and an extra $14,860,519 over the life of his extension.
As a result of Durant's new designation, the Thunder are also now over the salary cap.