The NBA's 25 highest-paid players

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#25 Tobias Harris — $16.0 million

Team: Orlando Magic

Position: Small Forward

Contract: 4 years, $64.0 million

One thing to know: After making just $6.8 million in his first four NBA seasons, Harris will make that in the Magic's first 35 games this season.

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#20t Greg Monroe — $16.4 million

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Position: Center

Contract: 3 years, $51.4 million

One thing to know: Landing coveted big man Monroe was a big reason the Bucks were one of this off-season's biggest winners.

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#20t Wesley Matthews — $16.4 million

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Position: Shooting Guard

Contract: 4 years, $70.1 million

One thing to know: Matthews may have been the biggest winner in the DeAndre Jordan fiasco, with the Mavs throwing $70 million at him thinking he would be paired with a powerful inside force. Now he has a huge contract and will be leaned on even more to carry the team.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

#20t Kawhi Leonard — $16.4 million

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Position: Small Forward

Contract: 5 years, $94.3 million

One thing to know: Yes, Leonard is already an NBA star to those who know, but this could be the year he breaks out of the shadow of the Spurs' Big 3 and finally becomes a household name.

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

#20t Enes Kanter — $16.4 million

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Center

Contract: 4 years, $70.1 million

One thing to know: Kanter's $70 million contract may have been the most polarizing deal of the summer and may have been spurned by an effort to show Kevin Durant that the team is committed to winning.

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

#20t Kyrie Irving — $16.4 million

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Position: Point Guard

Contract: 5 years, $94.3 million

One thing to know: Irving is going to miss a big chunk of the first year under his new deal as there is still no timetable for his return from a fractured kneecap. 

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#19 Russell Westbrook — $16.7 million

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Point Guard

Contract: 5 years, $78.6 million

One thing to knowOne NBA executive thinks Westbrook will end up with the Lakers when he hits free agency in 2017.

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#18 Paul George — $17.1 million

Team: Indiana Pacers

Position: Small Forward

Contract: 5 years, $91.6 million

One thing to know: George still has three years left on his contract and it could become a problem as the Pacers experiment with a smaller lineup. The change means George will move to the power forward spot, something he is not happy about.

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#17 Paul Millsap — $18.7 million

Team: Atlanta Hawks

Position: Power Forward

Contract: 3 years, $60.2 million

One thing to know: A 2-time All-Star, Millsap was one of the bigger bargains in the NBA each of the last two seasons when his salary was $9.5 million each year. That came to an end this summer when he re-signed with the Hawks as a free agent.

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#16 Blake Griffin — $18.9 million

Team: Los Angeles Clippers,

Position: Power Forward

Contract: 5 years, $94.5 million

One thing to know: Griffin has two years left before he can opt out of his contract. He will be one of the bigger free agents in the summer of 2017 when he will be 28 years old.

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#11t Marc Gasol — $19.7 million

Team: Memphis Grizzlies

Position: Center

Contract: 5 years, $113.2 million

One thing to know: Marc Gasol was another one of the top free agents this summer, but in the end, he accepted a max. contract to stay with the Grizzlies.

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#11t Kevin Love — $19.7 million

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Position: Power Forward

Contract: 5 years, $113.2 million

One thing to know: Love ended any speculation that he would bolt Cleveland after one season, or possibly sign a 1-year deal and bolt next summer, when he signed a 5-year deal with the Cavs. Coach David Blatt has since spent the summer figuring out how to help Love dominate again.

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#11t LaMarcus Aldridge — $19.7 million

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Position: Power Forward

Contract: 4 years, $84.1 million

One thing to know: The Spurs signed the most coveted free agent of the summer, but coach Gregg Popovich had to promise that he will coach for at least four more years.

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)

#11t Brook Lopez — $19.7 million

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Position: Center

Contract: 3 years, $63.5 million

One thing to know: Lopez re-signed with the Nets after opting out of a $16.7 million salary in the final year of his old deal. The deal includes protection for the Nets in case Lopez' foot injuries keep him out of action again. He can also opt out of the third year of the deal.

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#11t DeAndre Jordan — $19.7 million

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Center

Contract: 4 years, $87.6 million

One thing to know: In what may go down as the craziest free agency signing in NBA history, Jordan went from signing with the Mavs to re-signing with the Clippers in a span of 12 hours, all while an emoji war erupted.

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#10 Dwyane Wade — $20 million

Team: Miami Heat

Position: Shooting Guard

Contract: 1 years, $20.0 million

One thing to know: Wade opted out of a $16 million option for the season as it seemed he was looking for a larger long-term deal. He didn't get that, but it wasn't a total failure as he signed a 1-year, $20 million deal and will still be a free agent during next summer's spending frenzy.

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#9 Derrick Rose — $20.1 million

Team: Chicago Bulls

Position: Point Guard

Contract: 5 years, $94.3 million

One thing to know: Rose has two years left on his contract and if he can show he can stay relatively healthy, somebody will throw a lot of money at him in 2017.

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#8 Kevin Durant — $20.2 million

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder,

Position: Small Forward

Contract: 5 years, $89.2 million

One thing to know: With Durant set to hit free agency next summer, speculation is running wild about where he will end up. In the meantime, the Thunder finally opened the vault to show they are willing to spend, going well over the salary cap to re-sign center Enes Kanter.

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#7 Chris Paul — $21.5 million

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Point Guard

Contract: 5 years, $107.3 million

One thing to know: Chris Paul has two years left on his contract and a third year he can opt out of. But this season could be Paul's best shot at a championship, especially after the Clippers fixed their biggest weakness.

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#6 Chris Bosh — $22.2 million

Team: Miami Heat

Position: Center

Contract: 5 years, $118.7 million

One thing to know: Bosh surprised many when re-signed with the Heat prior to last season, but after picking up the steal of the NBA Draft, it looks like Miami is going to be good again sooner than expected.

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#5 Dwight Howard — $22.4 million

Team: Houston Rockets

Position: Center

Contract: 4 years, $87.6 million

One thing to know: Dwight Howard can opt out of his contract after this season and enter free agency for what is likely his last big pay day at age 30.

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#4 Carmelo Anthony — $22.9 million

Team: New York Knicks

Position: Small Forward

Contract: 5 years, $124.1 million

One thing to know: Anthony re-signed with the Knicks prior to last season and now it looks like a mistake for the team as they have been unable to sign big-name free agents and now have an aging veteran with a squad that is in rebuilding mode.

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#3 LeBron James — $23.0 million

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Position: Small Forward

Contract: 2 years, $47.0 million

One thing to know: LeBron keeps signing one-year contracts in order to take advantage of the upcoming surge in the salary cap and it's going to make him millions.

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#2 Joe Johnson — $24.9 million

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Position: Shooting Guard

Contract: 6 years, $123.7 million

One thing to know: Johnson has made $173.8 million in his career, making him one of the 25 highest-paid NBA players of all time.

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#1 Kobe Bryant — $25.0 million

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Position: Shooting Guard

Contract: 2 years, $48.5 million

One thing to know: Kobe Bryant is on the last year of his contract and there is speculation that, at 37 years old, this could be his final season. And yet, Bryant has never said this and Phil Jackson doesn't think Kobe is ready to retire. But will the Lakers want him back? Some think the team should play hard ball with Kobe if he decides to keep playing.

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Kobe Bryant is once again the NBA's highest-paid player.

Bryant, who is in his 20th season in the NBA, will make $25.0 million this season. However, this will almost certainly be his last season on top of the rankings as his contract is up next summer and even if he does continue to play, he will have to take a steep pay cut.

The players aiming to take Bryant's spot next season include the game's biggest names.

Here are this season's 25 highest-paid players in the NBA and how their contracts breakdown, with data provided by Spotrac.

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