The 7 Biggest NBA Salaries of 2014

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Photo Courtesy of DonkeyHotey, licensed through Flickr Via Creative Commons

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Stop the presses: athletes make a ton of money. This is what happens when you’re in the rarified genetic air of people who can do things that 99.9999 percent of the world’s population can’t. You get rewarded for it, and rightly so. In some sports, like baseball, where there’s no salary cap, salaries balloon like waistlines around Thanksgiving. Other leagues, like the NFL, have a hard cap — a number that a team’s salary absolutely cannot exceed, and players are paid accordingly to how much cap room the team can afford to give them.

The NBA falls somewhere in between. The league has what’s known as a soft cap, which means that while a team has a salary cap, they can go over it. A team that goes over the salary cap is subject to fees, penalties, and team-building restrictions, all of which are detailed in Larry Coon’s invaluable Salary Cap FAQ.

Further, because the NBA works in mysterious ways, here are some last names that won’t appear on this list: Durant. James. George. Paul. The reason? This list isn’t covering endorsements, the details of which aren’t usually public knowledge. Or shoe deals. This list is strictly focused on the contracts. All data is from HoopsHype.com.

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