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5 Biggest NBA Contracts in History So Far

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In 2014, the NBA signed a 9-year, $24 billion television deal with Turner Broadcasting and ESPN. As this contract involved a huge amount of money, each team's salary cap increased significantly.

In recent years, we have seen many extensions worth more than $100 million. Some players deserve them while questions have been asked about others who've earned similar deals, suggesting they're not good enough to justify such a massive windfall.

Nicolas Batum's five-year $120 million contract was signed with the Charlotte Hornets in July last year. The 28-year-old Frenchman is yet to play in an All-Star game throughout his career and struggles with both injuries and consistency.

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Meanwhile, Anthony Davis signed a $127 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans during the same summer. As one of the best in his position across the league, without doubt, it does not seem fair that Batum would be considered in the same quality bracket as Davis.

However, the NBA has embraced a new area with the expensive TV deal, so let's have a look at five of the biggest NBA contract extensions in history.

5. John Wall: 4-year, $170 million

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John Wall

John Wall is an exceptional point guard who plays on both ends of the court. Last season he averaged 23.1 points per game, 10.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and two steals.

The best thing about Wall is his ability to shine brightly during the playoffs, when consistent performances are needed to attain success.

During this past year's play-off, the Washington Wizards (4th seed) faced Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Not only were the Celtics top seed, they narrowly managed to avoid an unlikely upset through Wall's influence on the court - prevailing after a full set of seven matches between the pair.

Wall still managed to average 25.1 points per game, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks during the important moments. As a result, with speculation about his future looming large, it seemed natural that the Wizards would offer him improved terms as a reward for impressive performances. They awarded him this lucrative deal in July this year, recognising his efforts after another tough season.

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