With all of the massive jumps in player salaries, new league historical records have been set all beginning with the NBA’s touted nine-year, $24 billion media rights deal with ESPN and Turner Sports.
Last week Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry signed the league’s very first $200 million contract. That deal made headways even causing LeBron James to speak up about players not being paid their full worth.
Harden’s next contract alone marks him No. 2 of the Top 5 highest career salary earners amongst all active players including the likes of James, Carmelo Anthony and just below the longest-tenured Dirk Nowitzki.
Even more shocking on the opposite end shows Nowitzki taking massive pay cuts throughout his career for as much as $194 million over his 20-year career, to remain in Dallas and to give the team financial flexibility for roster moves.
The $228M Harden is projected to earn between now and 2023 surpasses the career earnings to date of every active player besides Dirk. pic.twitter.com/BQT9ymWt95
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