He is ahead of Curry and James, the incredible fortune of Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has been in the news for the past few weeks. The Nets’ number 7 has asked to leave Brooklyn this summer, but it’s hard to find a franchise capable of attracting the former OKC player. The fault in particular of an imposing salary, which also places him in the first position of the highest paid players in the history of the NBA.
It’s all about Kevin Durant in recent weeks in NBA. Three years after leaving the Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets, the 33-year-old winger has let his bosses know he wants a move this summer. A decision which follows in particular the hesitation of his teammate Kyrie Irving to stay with the New York franchise next season. If the latter finally decided to continue the adventure, Duringhe chose to write the rest of his story elsewhere.
The failure of the Durant-Irving-Harden trio
It must be said that nothing went as planned net. Whereas Kevin Durant was to form a legendary trio with Kyrie Irving and James Hardencapable of winning the title, the last named left during the season, as part of a trade with Philadelphiawho saw Ben Simmons do the reverse. The former leader of Cleveland Cavaliers meanwhile, only played a small part of the season, due to health restrictions in New York State and his desire not to be vaccinated against Covid-19. All these reasons mean that today, During decided to slam the door.
An astronomical salary
Even if he is one of the best players in the League, it is not easy to set up a transfer around him. Logically, brooklyn wants a trade that allows the franchise to be competitive this season and not have to rebuild a project over several years. The salary of During is necessarily a brake for several teams, which cannot afford to offer him his annual €43m. Especially since his emoluments are exponential. Indeed, he will receive €46m during the 2023-2024 season, then €50m and finally €53m at the end of his contract in four years.
Durant, the highest paid player in history
Income that makes him the highest paid player in the history of the NBAas indicated Clutch Points. This ranking takes into account the salaries that players will receive until 2027. If During Still playing for five years, he will therefore be at the top of this list with nearly €490m accumulated over his entire career. In particular, it would be ahead Stephen Currysecond with around €460m, and LeBron James fourth with €425m. This ranking only takes into account the salaries of the players, and not all the ancillary income that they might receive.
Top 5 NBA Career Earnings through 2027🤑 Kevin Durant $498.7 million🤑 Steph Curry $470.1 million🤑 Damian Lillard $449.1 million🤑 LeBron James $431.9 million🤑 Bradley Beal $428.9 million pic.twitter.com/eMMLJMg2wF
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Boston made an offer
At this price, we can understand that its transfer takes time. The latest rumor was of a possible trade that would send him to Boston. The Celtics offered a package including Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a draft pick. An offer rejected by netwho want to integrate Marcus Smart in the operation. But for the Massachusetts franchise, difficult, if not impossible, to separate from its leader, voted best defender of the year last season.