As the Suns have kept hold of Deandre Ayton, by aligning themselves with the Pacers’ offer, the time for very big signings seems to be over in this transfer window 2022. We can therefore draw up a fairly complete first assessment.
The big winner is obviously first and foremost Nikola Jokic. The double MVP in title signed an XXL contract of 264 million dollars over five seasons, or almost 53 million on average per year! It’s the biggest contract in history, and it gives $4.4 million a month, or $147,000 a day, or $6,100 an hour…
After Jokic, Bradley Beal won the biggest jackpot with 251 million over five years. Huge contracts due to their lifelong loyalty to their franchise.
Behind this duo, other players have won the jackpot, such as Zach LaVine, who remains in Chicago, or Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker, who accepted the same deal at 224 million. Same for three players from the 2019 Draft, Ja Morant, Darius Garland and Zion Williamson, who all extended for the same terms. Contracts with variable geometry depending on possible distinctions next season (All-NBA Teams, MVP, etc.).
Finally, we can note that Nicolas Batum, with his 22 million dollars over two years, is in the thirty biggest contracts of the summer. And we must not forget the charming extension of Damian Lillard, but which will not take effect until 2025, with its 122 million over two seasons!
- Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets): $264 million / five seasons
- Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards): 251 million / five seasons
- Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves): 224 million / four seasons
- Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns): 224 million / four seasons
- Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls): $215 million / five seasons
- Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies): 193 million / four seasons
- Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers): 193 million / four seasons
- Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans): 193 million / four seasons
- Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns): $133 million / four seasons
- Jalen Brunson (New York Knicks): 104 million / four seasons
- Anfernee Simons (Portland TrailBlazers): 100 million / four seasons
- Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City Thunder): 88 million / five seasons
- Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs): 80 million / four seasons
- Jusuf Nurkic (Portland TrailBlazers): 70 million / four seasons
- James Harden (Philadelphia 76ers): 64 million / two seasons