10 Largest Contracts in NBA History: Nikola Jokic and Bradley Beal Lead the List

10 Largest Contracts in NBA History: Nikola Jokic and Bradley Beal Lead the List

Joel Reyes
March 13, 2023 at 8:02 AM
  • Nikola Jokic made history by extending with the Denver Nuggets in July 2022
  • Bradley Beal signed a lucrative deal with the Washington Wizards last year
  • Sports Brief takes a look at the highest-paid players in the history of the NBA

Nikola Jokic is one of the best players in the NBA today.

He cemented his status as one of the league’s greatest centers, winning the MVP award in the past two seasons.

Seeing Denver reward its prized big man is not a complete surprise.

Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bradley Beal
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, and Bradley Beal. Images: Patrick McDermott/ Dustin Bradford/ Alex Slitz.
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The Nuggets made Jokic the highest-paid player in the history of the NBA, handing him a mammoth contract extension last year.

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How much is the Serbian star’s deal? Sports Brief looks at the ten largest contracts in NBA history, per Spotrac.

1. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

The 27-year-old signed a five-year, $272 million supermax extension with Denver last season, including a player option for the 2027-28 campaign.

Jokic’s contract will kick in during the 2023-24 season at $46.6 million and climb every season until the 2027-28 campaign when the Nuggets center is set to make $61.5 million.

2. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)

The Washington star became one of the highest-paid players in the NBA when he signed a five-year, $251 million extension with the Wizards last year.

He declined his $36.4 million player option for the final season of his previous contract, locking up a long-term deal to remain in the nation’s capital.

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

The 'Greek Freak' laid to rest speculation that he would test free agency, signing a five-year, $228 million supermax extension in 2020 to remain with the Milwaukee Bucks.

It was money well spent for the Bucks, who won the NBA championship a year later.

4. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

The Phoenix Suns made sure Booker won’t be going anywhere, signing him to a four-year, $224 million supermax extension in 2022.

The former Kentucky star led the Suns to a Finals appearance in 2021, and he was rewarded with a mammoth contract last year.

4. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Towns is another former Kentucky player who snagged riches in the NBA.

He agreed on a four-year, $224 million supermax extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves, beginning in the 2024-25 season.

6. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

The Golden State Warriors rewarded the franchise’s greatest player in 2021, handing Stephen Curry a four-year, $215 million contract extension.

With that deal, he is now under contract with the Warriors through the 2025-26 campaign, when the two-time MVP will turn 38 years old.

7. Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)

The Dallas Mavericks locked up their franchise player, signing Doncic to a lucrative five-year, $215 million contract extension in 2021.

The deal saw him taking 30% of the Mavs’ cap space and will keep him under contract with Dallas until 2027.

7. Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)

The Chicago Bulls agreed to a five-year, $215 million max contract extension with LaVine last year.

The Bulls rewarded the 28-year-old after he led the franchise to the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time in five years this past campaign.

7. Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)

The Atlanta Hawks handed Young a five-year, $215 million contract extension in 2021.

They gave the star point guard the massive deal after he led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2020-21 season.

10. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)

Philadelphia signed Embiid to a four-year, $210 million supermax extension in August 2021.

That looks like money well spent for the Sixers, with Embiid producing yet another MVP-caliber season this year.

Tight battle for NBA MVP

Sports Brief recently reported on Nuggets star, Jokic leading the MVP candidates this season.

He is averaging a triple-double this campaign, helping them to top spot in the Western Conference.

Embiid will try to derail his three-peat MVP bid with the Sixers star also in excellent form so far.

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