Forbes: LeBron still king of NBA earners

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Posted at Feb 13 2019 05:36 AM

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a Philadelphia 76ers score during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia, PA, US, February 10, 2019. Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is the NBA's highest-paid player for the fifth consecutive year with $88.7 million in earnings -- including $53 million off the court, according to a Forbes list published Tuesday.

Golden State Warriors teammates Stephen Curry ($79.5 million) and Kevin Durant ($65 million) ranked second and third, with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook ($53.7 million) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden ($47.4 million) rounding out the top 5.

James' non-salary income, includes lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, Coca-Cola and Beats By Dre, plus revenue from his Hollywood production company, SpringHill Entertainment, and his investment in the Blaze Pizza company.

Forbes estimated James' net worth at $450 million.

The NBA's top 10 earners will make an estimated $540 million in 2019 from salaries, endorsements, appearances, royalties, and media deals. That is up more than $180 million from the top 10 earners just 5 years ago, according to Forbes.