LeBron James overshadowed the release of the NBA schedule on Wednesday, signing a two-year extension with the Lakers worth $97.1 million.
The extension brings him under contract until the 2024/25 season and includes a player option.
Notably, James ranks above Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard as the highest-earning player in NBA history at nearly $529 million — just over $30 million more than Durant’s total.
With his extension, James is now the first player in NBA history with over half a billion dollars in career earnings on the court, according to Spotrac.
The extension comes into effect following James’ current contract, which expires after this season.
Highest-earning players in NBA history
Cumulatively, James is at $528.99 million, just over $30 million more than Durant’s $498.69 million. Curry, Lillard and Bradley Beal round out the top 5, and the entire top 10 is still active.
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The highest-earning retired player is Kevin Garnett, who ranks 16th with $334.3 million.
Here is the complete top 10:
You can view the full list here.
For his part, Durant is jailed until 2026 and is currently working on not playing for the Brooklyn Nets again this year. Regardless of whether this endeavor is successful or not, it’s hard to imagine him catching James anytime soon.
Everyone on this list, except Paul, is either starting out or about to enter major overtime, so James’ cushion seems safe for now.
LeBron James contract details
This deal for James is a two-year extension that will come into effect after the 2022-23 season. It’s worth $97.1 million and has a 15 percent trade kicker.
James doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract as he gains more than five percent trade in the second year of the deal.
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*Years in extension
Previous contracts with LeBron James
James was pretty unconventional about how he got contracts. Instead of signing long-term renewals in the latter part of his career, he has instead accepted a variety of relatively short-term renewals.
|2010-2013||Cleveland Cavaliers (sign and trade to Heat)||$109,837,500|
|2018-2021||Los Angeles Lakers||$153,312,846|
|2021-2023||Los Angeles Lakers||$85,655,532|
|2023-2025||Los Angeles Lakers||$97,133,373|