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Make It Rain: The Most Lucrative Contracts In NBA History

These superstars know how to get that paper
by Emmanuel Calingacion | Jul 10, 2018
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A big money contract was just signed by Devin Booker in a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension with the Phoenix Suns.

Clearly, this has something to do with him being molded into the Suns’ cornerstone star. Who could forget that game against the Boston Celtics in 2017? Booker scored 70 points, being the first player in franchise history to do so. On top of that, he was just 20 years old back then, making him the youngest player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in a game.

This, however, isn’t the first, and certainly won’t be the last big deal in the league as teams are known to give out lucrative contracts and fish for superstars in the proverbial NBA ocean. But how much will these franchises offer to get the big guns?

11. Kobe Bryant

For his 7-year contract that ran from 2004-2011, Kobe Bryant signed a total of $136.4 million to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. This was a big deal at the time, and all we can say is it was worth it as Kobe Bryant led the Lakeshow to two more championships in 2009 and 2010.

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10. Gordon Hayward

This was a rather unfortunate case for both the Boston Celtics and Gordon Hayward. Just after signing a $138 million to play for the Celts for four years, Hayward suffered a major injury in the first quarter of the very first game of the 2017-2018 NBA season. He dislocated his ankle and fractured his shin bone in the process. We can’t wait for him to get back on the court and show NBA fans why the Celtics paid that much for his services.

9. DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan can be a beast on the court and has shown many flashes of brilliance that are just too many for one highlight reel. Obviously, the Toronto Raptors don’t want any other team to acquire their star, so they gave him a five-year contract worth $139 million, the second largest contract at the time just below this man...

8. Damian Lillard

Lillard’s rookie contract extension was a whopping $139.9 million, agreeing to play for the Portland Trailblazers for five more years. It was roughly about $120 million at first, but it jumped when Dame’s all-NBA selection demanded added salary.

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7. Mike Conley Jr.

But Conley takes the cake during that free agency season when he signed to play five more years for the Memphis Grizzlies for $152.6 million. Conley is a quiet monster on the court. You don’t hear much from him, and he doesn’t make headlines, but he pours everything into it while he's in the zone.

6. Devin Booker

We’ve already talked about this, but the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft has become the heart of Phoenix’ rebuilding design. Overall, we think Book deserves the max contract he was given. Only the next few years will show if Booker will be worth the bucks under his name.

5. John Wall

Tied for the fourth highest contract in the NBA with James Harden, it’s no surprise that John Wall was nicknamed Wall-Star. He signed with the Wizards last 2017 for a four-year contract extension worth $169 million. We can all agree that if there’s a dance and a song named after you, you’re worth at least that much.


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4. James Harden

The recently crowned 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player was making headlines way before he was presented the highest player honor in the league. Last year, he signed, supposedly, the biggest NBA contract worth a total of $228 million to play for the Houston Rockets until the 2022-2023 season. Technically, however, he just signed a $169 million extension plus his remaining contract, which we can assume is around $59 million.

3. Blake Griffin

In 2017, when he was still carrying the Los Angeles Clippers with DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin signed a $172.3 million, five-year contract to keep playing for the Clippers. But recently, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons, so now the guy who jumped over the hood of a car for a trophy will be collecting the remaining lot of his big money contract from the pockets of the Pistons’ management instead.

2. Stephen Curry

Steph is up there with the top players of the NBA today, and maybe even of all time. So, it’s just fitting that he gets one of the biggest contracts deserving of a superstar. In 2017, Chef Curry signed the league’s first $200 million contract. It was $201 million to be exact, and it looks like we’ll be seeing more of Steph and his Warriors sweeping teams left and right in the years to come.

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1. Russell Westbrook

With the biggest contract in NBA history under his belt, it seems like Russ is the ultimate winner here. Russ signed mere months after Curry’s record-breaking contract with a five-year deal to keep playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. How much? Just $205 million. No big deal. That, on top of the remaining year on his contract, it would total around $233 million.

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