The 10 best basketball players will receive 750 million dollars, the maximum amount in NBA history
With the start of the NBA season as close as Tuesday of next week , the sports world begins to move at the speed of the burst sport that, among other multiple narratives, will greatly increase the pocketbook of the players thanks to the big wages they will earn.
For the ninth consecutive year, LeBron James will be the highest-paid basketball player in the world at nearly $30 million more than any other player playing the sport within the league or elsewhere.
The Lakers are part of the squad of favorite teams to win the Larry O’Brian trophy.
Along with James, nine other National Basketball Association players will earn about $750 million, breaking last year’s mark of $714 million and posting a 120 percent increase over the past decade, according to Forbes.
James will earn about 44 million with the Lakers in a two-year contract and 85.6 million dollars and an extension of 97 million dollars that will have him linked with the Californian quintet until the 2024-2025 campaign.
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Forbes estimated that James will earn around $80 million off the court this year, bringing him to $124.5 million overall . That, the organization said, is a low estimate since some of his investments will not show up in its figures. For example, his company SpringHill Entertainment was valued at $725 million last year.
In second place is Stephen Curry who will earn 48.1 million dollars with the Warriors and 47 million off the court . While Kevin Durant with 88 million dollars total closes the top-3.
James became the first active athlete to be a billionaire earlier this summer and the second NBA player in history to reach that mark, joining Michael Jordan.