After re-signing DeAndre Jordan to a max deal following the Great Free Agency Emoji War of 2015, the Los Angeles Clippers now have the most expensive “Big 3” in the NBA, clocking in at a little over $60 million in salary for Jordan, Blake Griffin, and Chris Paul.
With Griffin, Jordan, and Paul all commanding max salaries, the Clippers barely edged out the Cleveland Cavaliers, who employ three max players of their own in LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving. The Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, and Oklahoma City Thunder, round out the top 5.
The Nets dropped from the top spot to #4 after stretching Deron Williams’s bought-out deal. Had they kept Williams, they would have stayed at #1, with Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez earning a combined $65.6 million in that scenario.
Check out the full chart (one page), with some additional notes, here.