LeBron James cried tears of joy after last year's NBA Finals, and may shed some now for a different reason. But 2017 still has been very good to him (and Kevin Love).
Both the Cavs and Warriors have some highly paid players — some of whom are prepared to make even more money, win or lose.
These were the 10 highest-paid players in the 2017 NBA Finals. No surprise who No. 1 is, but you might be interested to see how the other stars stacked up.
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10. Andre Iguodala, Warriors: $11,131,368
Dre will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so we'll see if the Warriors can pay their sixth man like, say, the No. 6 man on this list. He had a big impact in the Finals, especially with his Game 3 block of LeBron.
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9. Stephen Curry, Warriors: $12,112,359
Uh-oh. Steph also will be a free agent this summer, and he's eligible for an extension worth more than $200 million. That could take him right to the top.
He'll get every penny, as he averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 9.4 assists in the Finals.
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8. J.R. Smith, Cavaliers: $12,800,000
LeBron called on the Cavs to pay his boy last summer after they brought a championship to Cleveland, and the team did. However, he was pretty quiet for the first three games of this year's Finals before finding his deep stroke. And he'll be making even more for each of the next three seasons, one of the reasons the Cavs will be cap-strapped this summer.
T6. Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers: $15,330,435
LeBron also called on the Cavs to lock up Tristan after their run to the Finals in 2015, and after a long stalemate they did that, too. But he was outrebounded by Steph Curry in this year's Finals. His salary also will climb each of the next three seasons.
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T6. Draymond Green, Warriors: $15,330,435
Dray got paid after the Warriors won their first title in 40 years in 2015. He's a champion again, though he shot just 34.5 percent in the Finals. His salary also will climb each of the next three seasons.
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5. Klay Thompson, Warriors: $16,663,575
Klay got paid at the very beginning of that 2015 championship run, and if he makes an All-NBA team next season, he could be eligible to sign an extension worth more than $200 million starting in 2018. It could be the second one the Warriors give out in as many seasons. Sheesh.
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4. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers: $17,638,063
Kyrie signed his big deal after LeBron and Kevin Love joined the Cavs to give them a Big 3, and he'll make even bigger bucks each of the next three seasons.
Of all the guys who got a raise this season, he deserved it most after hitting this shot. But the Cavs couldn't keep it close enough this year for Kyrie to deliver a winner.
3. Kevin Love, Cavaliers: $21,165,675
Love is No. 3 on this list, but believe it or not, he's only the 22nd-highest-paid player in the NBA — and tied with three other players at that.
Love reupped with the Cavs after that 2015 title run and will make more each of the next three seasons, topping out at more than $25 million at age 30.
That's a lot of money for a guy who scored six points in a do-or-die Game 5 of the Finals.
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2. Kevin Durant, Warriors: $26,540,100
Strength in numbers — as in the $54 million he's making with the Warriors this year and next. He actually can opt out this summer and possibly make even more, but he reportedly is willing to take less to keep the team together. He's the REAL MVP.
1. LeBron James, Cavaliers: $30,963,450
Bron can become a free agent again in 2018, and will max out at more than $35 mill before he hits free agency again at age 34. Would he take a pay cut to bring another superstar to The Land? Or go ring chasing again? FOX Sports' Andrew Lynch has an unexpected destination in mind for The King.