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James Harden’s move to the Clippers propels career earnings above $330 million

Harden's pivot to Los Angeles Clippers unlocks $35 million-salary, propelling career earnings to $338.5 million

by Omokolade Ajayi
James Harden

Renowned as one of the greatest scorers and shooting guards in NBA history, James Harden has seen his dream move to the Los Angeles Clippers materialize, accompanied by a mouth-watering salary that is set to propel his career earnings beyond the $330 million mark by the end of the 2023-2024 NBA season.

Harden, previously with the Philadelphia 76ers, made headlines for months with his desire to be traded. The negotiations concluded with his much-anticipated move to the Clippers, aligning him with talents such as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. He commenced the current season with a $1.27-million compensation from the Philadelphia 76ers before the trade to the Clippers.

Harden’s pivot to Los Angeles Clippers unlocks $35-million salary, propelling career earnings to $338.5 million

With the move to Los Angeles, he is expected to receive an additional $35.64 million in salary this season alone. This lucrative shift, coupled with his previous earnings, is poised to elevate his career earnings to an impressive $338.57 million, securing him the sixth position in the list of highest-earning NBA players of all time.

The high-stakes trade to the Clippers comes after his earlier blockbuster two-year $68.64-million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, complete with a player option for the 2023-24 season. Harden strategically exercised this option before the tip-off of the 2023-2024 NBA season.

This strategic maneuver puts Harden on course to surpass the $330 million career earnings milestone, securing his standing as the sixth-highest-earning NBA player ever. Across a stellar 15-year career, he has not only cemented his name as a basketball superstar but also emerged as an influential figure in the sports industry.

Harden’s financial slam dunk: unveiling multimillion-dollar impact of Adidas deal and other endorsements

Beyond his on-court earnings, Harden’s financial success is underscored by lucrative endorsement deals. Notably, his partnership with Adidas in 2015, securing a 13-year deal worth up to $200 million, has significantly contributed to his financial success in recent years.

Coupled with other endorsements, his projected earnings for 2023 amount to a staggering $55.1 million, securing him the 27th spot in Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

A breakdown of his earnings reveals a balanced distribution, with on-court earnings projected at $33.1 million, while off-court earnings, encompassing endorsements, licensing deals, public appearances, memorabilia, and entrepreneurial ventures, are estimated at $22 million.

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