4) Derrick Rose ($38.9 million)
Salary: $18.9 million
Endorsements: $20 million
Derrick Rose’s total earnings this season was $38.9 million. His 13-year, $185 million deal with Adidas was the highest in NBA before Durant’s new Nike pact. Wilson, Powerade, 2K Sports, Skullcandy, Panini and Giordano’s are his other partners.
3) Kobe Bryant ($49.5 million)
Salary: $23.5 million
Endorsements: $26 million
Kobe Bryant’s total earnings this season amounted to $49.5 million. His salary was $23.5 million and he made $26 million through endorsements. He took a $7 million pay cut on his Lakers’ salary this season under the 2-year, $48.5 million extension he signed in 2013.