With the new season just around the corner, and new contracts and salary for players being negotiated, Stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant have yet again made the list of the highest salary earnings. But that is not all, more notable stars and players have also made the list as some of the league’s highest earners.
Let us take a look at the top 5 players with the highest salaries for the upcoming 2022-2023 season
Kevin Durant – $42,969,845
In the Top 5, we have Kevin Durant who at present is either waiting to get traded or for the Brooklyn Net’s management to agree to his conditions. As the superstar that KD is, No team would be looking at the salary of KD as a burden for he has time and time proven how good he is.
In 2019, Kevin Durant signed a 4 year / $194,219,320 contract with the Brooklyn Nets, including $189,078,320 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $48,554,830. In 2022-23, Durant will earn a base salary of $42,969,845, while carrying a cap hit of $44,119,845 and a dead cap value of $44,119,845.
Bradley Beal – $43,279,250
At the top 4, we have the youngest player on this list at age 29, Bradley Beal .While he did have a very disappointing showing in the 21-22 season, he will definitely be looking to prove to the Washington Wizards that he deserves his contract.
In 2019, Bradley Beal signed a 5 year / $251,019,650 contract with the Washington Wizards, including $251,019,650 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $50,203,930. In 2022-23, Beal will earn a base salary of $43,279,250, while carrying a cap hit of $43,279,250 and a dead cap value of $43,279,250.
LeBron James – $44,474,988
As LeBron enters his 20th season at the age of 38, he is still one of the best players in the league and looks to cement his legacy as one of the greatest if not, the greatest. With the new contract extension that LeBron has signed, He has become the highest-paid player in NBA history.
In 2019, LeBron James signed a 2 year / $85,655,532 contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, including $85,655,532 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $42,827,766. In 2022-23, James will earn a base salary of $44,474,988, while carrying a cap hit of $44,474,988 and a dead cap value of $44,474,988. His new contract extension offers him 97.1 million dollars for 2 years at the base salary a year of 46.6 million dollars.
Russell Westbrook – $47,063,478
The 2021-22 season was not Russell Westbrook’s best season, in fact, it was one of his worsts. Moving into the next season, Westbrook enters as the second highest-paid player of the upcoming season. Therefore, Westbrook should look to prove his doubters wrong and show why he deserves his contract.
In 2018, Russell Westbrook signed a 5-year / $206,794,070 contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, including $206,794,070 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $41,358,814. In 2022-23, Westbrook will earn a base salary of $47,063,478, while carrying a cap hit of $47,063,478 and a dead cap value of $47,063,478.
Stephen Curry – $48,070,014
The 2021-22 season showed why Stephen Curry is one of the best players of all time, He broke the record for most 3-pointers made, won a championship and was also the NBA finals MVP. Curry is a franchise player for the Warriors and his current contract with the team is deservedly correct.
In 2022, Stephen Curry signed a 4 year / $215,353,664 contract with the Golden State Warriors, including $215,353,664 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $53,838,416. In 2022-23, Curry will earn a base salary of $48,070,014, while carrying a cap hit of $48,070,014 and a dead cap value of $48,070,014.