By Money
June 5, 2016

Who makes more money: Lebron James or Stephen Curry? Lebron, by a long shot. But does Tristan Thompson – the fourth highest-paid Cavs player – make more than the league-leader in scoring this season?

Curry’s four-year, $44 million contract, which was signed before his breakout season, has been called the NBA’s biggest bargain. And there’s some truth to that statement. Consider this: There are four Warriors players and 53 NBA players that made more money than Curry this season. Lucky for him he’s making a cool $12 million in estimated endorsements off-the-court, according to Forbes. Still, come contract negotiation time, you can bet the back-to-back MVP winner will be angling for a significant pay bump.

So to celebrate the NBA Finals, we ranked the 10 highest-paid Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors players based on how much their contracts pay for the 2015-2016 season.

10. Iman Shumpert

Salary: $8,988,765

Shumpert signed a 4-year deal in 2015 with the Cavs for $40 million.

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9. Stephen Curry

Salary: $11,370, 786

Curry won two straight MVP awards, but he’s only the fifth highest-paid Warriors player. Good thing he’s got $12 million in endorsements.

8. Andre Iguodala

Salary: $11,710,456

Iguodala turned down three higher-paying contracts for this $48 million deal with the Warriors, according to SB at ion.

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7. Andrew Bogut

Salary: $13,800,000

What does Bogut do with all that cash? He owns a fleet of muscle cars and two Siberian huskies, according to Daily Mail.

6. Tristan Thompson (tied)

Salary: $14,260,870

It took Thompson a year to negotiate his contract with the Cavs. He’s tied as the fifth highest paid power forward in the NBA.

6. Draymond Green (tied)

Salary: $14,260,870

Green’s annual salary jumped from $915,243 to $14 million when he re-signed with the Warriors in 2015.

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4. Klay Thompson

Salary: $15,501,000

Thompson is one of four Warriors players that earn more than Curry.

3. Kyrie Irving

Salary: $16,407,501

Irving, the third highest-paid player on the Cavs, has spent his entire career with the team.

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2. Kevin Love

Salary: $19,9689,000

Love is the second highest-paid player on the Cavs.

1. Lebron James

Salary: $22,970,500

James is the second highest paid NBA player, but tops the list of highest-paid players thanks to an estimated $48 million in endorsements.

This article was originally published by Money.


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