Leading the Golden State Warriors to the 2017 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant is well on his way towards winning his first championship. Not only is the former MVP one of the best players in the league, but he makes more money than almost any player in NBA history.
After playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first nine years of his career, Durant signed a two-year contract worth $54.27 million with Golden State last July. He’s one of just 11 players to ever have a salary of more than $26 million in a season, giving Durant a net worth that makes him one of the richest athletes in all sports.
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Forbes estimated that Durant made $56 million in 2016, tying him for 26th among the world’s highest-paid celebrities. Only four athletes, including LeBron James, ranked higher on the list. Durant reportedly made $36 million in endorsements, and he signed a contract extension with Nike in 2014 that could pay him $300 million over 10 years.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Durant’s net worth to be $120 million, though it’s unknown if that figure is close to being accurate. Having earned a little more than $132 million in salary over his NBA career, the All-Star is just about guaranteed to earn well more than that in the next few seasons.
Kevin Durant poses with his jersey during the press conference where he was introduced as a member of the Golden State Warriors after they signed him to a two-year contract on July 7, 2016 in Oakland, California. He has one of the highest net worths of any NBA player. Photo: Getty Images
The final year of Durant’s contract will pay him $27.73 million for the 2017-2018 season, though he can opt out of his deal and become a free agent. Because of the rising NBA salary cap, Durant will be eligible to sign a 10-year deal that would pay him $35.4 million per season.
Even with the recent report by ESPN that Durant might be willing to take less money in the short-term to allow the Warriors to keep their core group of players, the 28-year-old will still see his salary increase. One likely scenario has Durant signing a new two-year deal that would pay him nearly $32 million a year, making him eligible for a five-year, $217 million contract at the start of the 2019-2020 season.
A lot can change in the next few years, but it’s hard to believe that Golden State won’t want to pay Durant the maximum contract. He’s been the league’s top player behind LeBron James for most of his time in the league, and he’s arguably playing the best basketball of his career.
Having made nine figures as an NBA player, Durant has been known to have some expensive tastes. In May 2016, Durant cleared a path for paramedics in traffic with his Ferrari. A few months later, a 2008 Maybach 57, supposedly previously owned by Durant, was listed for sale on eBay. The car was originally retailed for $408,000 and it had a price tag of $129,000 with 33,000 miles on it.
After he left the Thunder for the Warriors, Durant put his Oklahoma City mansion up for sale at $1.5 million. He paid $1.769 million for the house in 2013, according to The Oklahoman.
On March 11, 2016, Durant reportedly sold one of his properties for $925,000 after paying $1,799,500 for it in 2011, though he had already sold part of it for around $500,000.