John Wall's extension kicks in this coming season. The Wizards' point guard will reportedly make $14.7 million for the 2014-15 campaign.
Yes, that's some nice coin. Apparently, 25 NBA players will strike it richer.
BasketballInsiders.com put out a list of the 50 highest paid players in the league for next season. Many of the names you expect t see. Others, at least in terms of where they stand among their peers, maybe not.
Kobe Bryant, who played in six games for the Lakers last season due to injuries, will make a league-high $23.5 million.
The others in the top five are Amar'e Stoudemire (Knicks, $23.4), Joe Johnson (Nets, $23.1), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks, $22.4) and Dwight Howard (Rockets, $21.4). LeBron James (Cavs, $20.6) is seventh.
One of two Wizards on the list, Wall came in tied for 26th with former University of Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins.
We can always quibble about whether this player is better than that player, but for the most part, there are no truly bizarre contracts among the top 25. Yes, Orlando is done paying Gilbert Arenas.
Among those ahead of Wall include Rudy Gay (10th, $19.3 million) and Eric Gordon (24th, $14.8 million)
Nene ($13.0 million) ranks 33rd, which is below Al Jefferson and Josh Smith, but ahead of Andrew Bogut...and Derrick Favors.
The Nets have the most players on the list with four. Of the 30 NBA teams, 26 have at least one player paid among the top 50.