NBA highest-paid players in 22-23 season. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard has expected to pick up his player option for the 2022-23 season, which is worth $47,060,000. Westbrook turned down the option to become a free agent and he would have a massive surprise since. Also, he probably wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere near that huge salary on the open market. The nine-time All-Star, who turns 34 in November, just had the worst season of his 14-year career. Russell Westbrook signed a five-year, $206 million supermax deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017. When that deal ends in 2022-23, where does Westbrook rank among the NBA’s highest-paid players?
Who are the players?
Westbrook will be the highest-paid Laker next season, making more than both LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He is also close to being the highest-paid player in the whole league.
GSW’s (Golden State Warriors) star Stephen Curry is the only player whose base salary will be higher than Westbrook’s in 2022-23. Curry will make $48.07 million. But if James Harden chooses to take the $47.3 million player option with the Philadelphia 76ers, he would pass Westbrook and move into second place.
John Wall was making the second-highest salary until he took a buyout from the Houston Rockets and gave up $6.5 million. Wall is currently making $40.8 million, which puts him 10th in the NBA. He will add to that amount when he signs with a new team, which has expected to be the Los Angeles Clippers.
Westbrook is one spot higher than his teammate LeBron James, who will make $44.4 million next season. James is also in the last year of his contract, just like Westbrook. Kevin Durant ($42.9 million) and Paul George ($42.4 million), who used to play with Westbrook, are right behind James. But George might not stay in the top five for long.
If Bradley Beal turns down his $36.4 million player option, the Washington Wizards could offer him a five-year, $248 million deal when he becomes a free agent. This huge deal would give Beal a starting salary of $42.7 million and move him ahead of George into fifth place.
NBA Highest-paid players in the 22-23 season:
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. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets: $42,969,845
5. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers: $42,492,568
T-6. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: $42,492,492
T-6. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: $42,492,492
T-6. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers: $42,492,492
9. John Wall, free agent (from Houston Rockets): $40,866,760
10. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors: $40,600,080
11. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz: $38,172,414
12. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers: $37,980,720
13. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks: $37,948,276
14. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat: $37,653,300
15. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers: $37,633,050
T-16. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks: $36,600,000
T-16. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks: $36,600,000
18. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets: $36,503,300
T-19. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors: $35,448,672
T-19. Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets: $35,448,672
T-21. Kristaps Porzingis, Washington Wizards: $33,833,400
T-21. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves: $33,833,400
T-21. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: $33,833,400
T-24. Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors: $33,616,770
T-24. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers: $33,616,770
26. C.J. McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans: $33,333,333
27. Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks: $32,544,000
28. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: $32,478,838
T-29. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans: $31,650,600
T-29. Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets: $31,650,600
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