The Los Angeles Clippers now have the NBA’s most expensive “Big 3”

DeAndre Jordan is all smiles after returning to the Clippers. (AP)

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Last updated July 23, 2015

GALLERY VERSION — Ranking The Most To Least Expensive Big 3’s

Some notes:

  • Salaries courtesy of the essential Basketball Insiders, with an update to Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari’s salary following reports of a contract re-negotiation. This is also purely in terms of salary, not talent or impact.

  • Many have made note of this before, but: Not only is Stephen Curry not in his team’s “Big 3” in salary, he’s not even fourth. That’s Andre Iguodala. That’s right: the MVP is the fifth-highest player on his own team. That’ll change in a couple years, when he becomes a free agent right as the NBA hits its biggest influx of cash ever and the salary cap rises to unforseen levels. But right now, Curry is the most undervalued player in the NBA by as many miles as his range extends out.

  • Also of note: The Warriors, your NBA champions, rank 10th in “cost of Big 3”. They were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers, who are paying Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, and Lou Williams a combined $47 million, by over $4 million, and barely edged out the re-tooling New York Knicks.

  • Two other big names you won’t see on this list: Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard. Though both signed mega-extensions this offseason, those won’t kick in until next year. For now, each is on the last year of his rookie contract. Right now, Al-Farouq Aminu has the biggest contract on the Trail Blazers. Wowza.

  • The Philadelphia 76ers stay on the cheap end as their process to hoard assets remains trusted. Their two most expensive players came from the Sacramento Kings in an offseason trade, and their third-most expensive
  • The average Big 3 cost? $41.25 million, an increase from last season. That should spike in the next few seasons.