Here are the highest-paid NBA players for the 2022-23 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Several superstars are cashing out this offseason.
Soon after free agency opened on Thursday, Nikola Jokic and Devin Booker agreed to maximum contract extensions with the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns, respectively. Jokic’s deal – the richest in league history – is for five years and $264 million, beginning in 2023-24, with a player option in the final year. Booker’s contract is four years and $214 million, beginning in 2024-25..
By signing these massive deals, Jokic and Booker will vault themselves up the list of highest-paid NBA players over the next few years. Bradley Beal, who agreed to a new contract with the Washington Wizards, also secured a huge payday early in free agency.
So, where do these players rank among the NBA’s highest-paid players for 2022-23? Let’s take a look:
Who are the highest-paid NBA players?
Russell Westbrook, who opted into the final year of his contract for next season, is the highest-paid Laker over both LeBron James and Anthony Davis for next season. Westbrook is one spot ahead of James, who will make $44.4 million next season. Like Westbrook, James is entering the final year of his contract.
Two of Westbrook’s former teammates are right behind James, with Beal in fourth ($43.3 million) and Kevin Durant ($42.9 million) in fifth.
Ahead of free agency, here’s a look at the 31 highest-paid players by base salary for next season, according to Spotrac:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: $48,070,014
2. Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers: $47,063,478
3. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers: $44,474,988
4. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards: $43,279,250
5. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets: $42,969,845
6. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers: $42,492,568
T-7. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: $42,492,492
T-7. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: $42,492,492
T-7. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers: $42,492,492
10. John Wall, free agent (from Houston Rockets): $40,866,760
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors: $40,600,080
12. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz: $38,172,414
13. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers: $37,980,720
14. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks: $37,948,276
15. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat: $37,653,300
16. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers: $37,633,050
T-17. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks: $36,600,000
T-17. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks: $36,600,000
19. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets: $36,503,300
T-20. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors: $35,448,672
T-20. Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets: $35,448,672
T-22. Kristaps Porzingis, Washington Wizards: $33,833,400
T-22. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves: $33,833,400
T-22. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: $33,833,400
T-25. Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors: $33,616,770
T-25. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers: $33,616,770
27. C.J. McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans: $33,333,333
28. Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks: $32,544,000
29. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: $32,478,838
T-30. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans: $31,650,600
T-30. Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets: $31,650,600