As the NBA comes back, The Payroll Blog looks at NBA team payrolls for the 2013-14 season. The Brooklyn Nets lead the way with the additions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Last year’s champion Miami Heat have the third largest NBA payroll and are largely favored to win the NBA championship again.

Some other notable changes in this year’s NBA payrolls:

  • The Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons had the biggest increases in payroll this year.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic had the biggest decreases in payroll.
  • Last year’s runner-up San Antonio Spurs have only the 18th highest payroll in the league.
  • Of the bottom half of NBA payrolls, only the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggest and Spurs made the playoffs last season.
  • In the top half of NBA payrolls, only the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves missed the playoffs last season.

These are the payrolls for the 30 NBA franchises in the 2013-14 season.

Rk Team 2013-14 Notes
1 Brooklyn Nets $102,608,995
2 New York Knicks $89,870,787
3 Miami Heat $84,209,164 Gave the injury-prone Greg Oden a one-year deal at the minimum salary.
4 Chicago Bulls $80,134,735
5 Los Angeles Lakers $77,245,789
6 Los Angeles Clippers $73,594,041
7 Oklahoma City Thunder $71,781,364
8 Boston Celtics $71,484,789
9 Washington Wizards $71,315,305
10 Memphis Grizzlies $70,578,911
11 Toronto Raptors $70,044,226
12 Indiana Pacers $69,036,984
13 Dallas Mavericks $68,520,437 Monta Ellis signed a three-year deal for $25 million.
14 Golden State Warriors $68,138,599 Andre Iguodala signed a $48 million deal over four years.
15 Minnesota Timberwolves $67,485,845
16 Denver Nuggets $67,324,401
17 Houston Rockets $67,159,152 Dwight Howard signed a four-year deal worth more than $87 million.
18 San Antonio Spurs $64,559,528
19 Portland Trail Blazers $63,354,766
20 New Orleans Pelicans $63,166,449
21 Detroit Pistons $61,897,253 Josh Smith signed a four-year deal worth $54 million. Brandon Jennings signed a three-year deal for $24 million.
22 Charlotte Bobcats $60,819,062
23 Orlando Magic $60,589,974
24 Cleveland Cavaliers $60,300,584
25 Sacramento Kings $59,169,180
26 Phoenix Suns $56,768,073
27 Atlanta Hawks $56,331,673 Paul Millsap signed a two-year $19 million contract with the Hawks.
28 Utah Jazz $54,981,656
29 Milwaukee Bucks $51,175,131 O.J. Mayo signed a three-year deal for $24 million.
30 Philadelphia 76ers $43,958,427

 

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