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LeBron James tops NBA list of top earners for 2022-23 with $124.5 million in on- and off-court earnings

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LeBron James Tops Forbes‘ list of highest earners in the NBA with a pre-tax income of $124.5 million, which includes endorsements, licensing fees and other business efforts, not to mention the $44.5 million the Lakers Los Angeles will pay the four-time MVP for the upcoming season.

James, who hit a career-high 30.3 points per game last season at 37, enjoys a $30 million cushion on Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors star who tied James in June in winning his fourth NBA title.

The league’s 10 highest-paid players will earn an estimated $750 million before taxes and agent fees, breaking last year’s unofficial record of $714 million.

James tops the Forbes list of the highest earners in the NBA with a pre-tax income of $124.5 million, which includes endorsements, licensing fees and other business efforts, not to mention $44.5 million. million dollars the Los Angeles Lakers will pay the four-time MVP for the upcoming season

Nike's 18-time NBA All-Star deal remains one of the most high-profile deals in sports, but he's also added a litany of other sponsors, such as Walmart, GMC, AT&T and PepsiCo, that he can. all approve.  200 million social media followers

James also has holdings in Liverpool, of the English Premier League, as well as the Boston Red Sox and their home network, NESN.  He recently invested in a Major League Pickleball team

Nike’s 18-time NBA All-Star deal remains one of the most high-profile deals in sports, but he’s also added a litany of other sponsors, such as Walmart, GMC, AT&T and PepsiCo, that he can. all approve. 200 million social media followers. James also has holdings in Liverpool, of the English Premier League, as well as the Boston Red Sox and their home network, NESN. He recently invested in a Major League Pickleball team

James is only the second highest-earning athlete in the world between salary and endorsements at $121.2m, beaten by PSG and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, who raked in $130m.  However, the investment game is where LeBron made enough money to eclipse Tiger Woods, Messi, Magic Johnson and Floyd Mayweather.

James is only the second highest-earning athlete in the world between salary and endorsements at $121.2m, beaten by PSG and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, who raked in $130m. However, the investment game is where LeBron made enough money to eclipse Tiger Woods, Messi, Magic Johnson and Floyd Mayweather.

James signed a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension in June. The deal includes a player option for the 2024-25 season and makes James the highest-paid player in the NBA, with $532 million in guaranteed money over his career. Kevin Durant previously held that distinction, with $509 million in contracts guaranteed.

James’ off-court earnings have increased to $80 million, which is one of the reasons Forbes declared him the NBA’s first active billionaire in June.

Nike’s 18-time NBA All-Star deal remains one of the most high-profile deals in sports, but he’s also added a litany of other sponsors, such as Walmart, GMC, AT&T and PepsiCo, that he can. all approve. 200 million social media followers.

And then there are the brands he has personally invested in, like Calm, Ladder/Openfit and Lobos 1707 tequila.

Finally, there are the businesses James owns with his partners, like The SpringHill Company, a seven-year-old media and consulting firm that expects to earn more than $100 million in 2022, according to Sportico.

Curry not only has the highest salary in the NBA at $48 million, but he recently signed a four-year, $215 million extension, which will see him earn $59.6 million for the 2025 season- 26.

Curry not only has the highest salary in the NBA at $48 million, but he recently signed a four-year, $215 million extension, which will see him earn $59.6 million for the 2025 season- 26.

James also has holdings in Liverpool, of the English Premier League, as well as the Boston Red Sox and their home network, NESN. He recently invested in a Major League Pickleball team.

In May, James was named the biggest winner of any athlete by Sportico, edging out international soccer icons Lionel Messi ($122m) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($115m). Tennis star Naomi Osaka ranked the top of all female athletes and 20th overall, with $53.2 million in earnings, most of which came from sponsorship deals as she missed several tournaments while struggling with mental health issues.

Curry not only has the highest salary in the NBA at $48 million, but he recently signed a four-year, $215 million extension, which will see him earn $59.6 million for the 2025 season- 26. Curry also has $48 million in off-court earnings, thanks to sponsorship deals with Under Armor and other brands.

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant ranked third on Forbes’ NBA list with $88 million, followed by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo with $86.5 million and Lakers veteran Russell Westbrook with $82.1 million.

All are coming off strong seasons except for Westbrook, who saw his scoring average drop to 18.5 points per game (he’s averaging 22.8 for his career).

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ranked fourth on the list with $86.5 million

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ranked fourth on the list with $86.5 million