NBA Star Set to Break US Record With 1st $80 Million-Per-Year Salary

Now it's more than speculation. After the All-NBA teams were announced and the NBA agreed to a $7 billion TV rights deal, elite player compensation totals are expected to rise.   

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is certain to sign a max agreement with the Thunder next summer, will face an inconceivable salary: $80 million for one season.  

The goal is far off and there are still obstacles.   

However, Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic of the Mavericks are likely to receive the largest supermax contracts in history under the NBA television pact next summer.  

SGA's will be slightly richer because he starts a year later.  

He will receive a $81.5 million contract five years from now if things continue.  

That would make him the first U.S. team athlete to get such a large reward.  

Brandon Kravitz, presenter of the Spotrac sports spending podcast, said, “It feels like Monopoly money we are talking about here now.”  

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