Otto Porter makes Forbes' annual list of highest paid athletes

Mark Strotman
NBC Sports Chicago
The Bulls' Otto Porter checked in at 85th on Forbes' annual list of the highest paid athletes, which takes into account both professional salary (and winnings) as well as endorsement money.

Otto Porter makes Forbes' annual list of highest paid athletes

The Bulls' Otto Porter checked in at 85th on Forbes' annual list of the highest paid athletes, which takes into account both professional salary (and winnings) as well as endorsement money.

Otto Porter makes Forbes' annual list of highest paid athletes originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

Otto Porter makes a whole lot of money.

The Bulls small forward checked in at 85th on Forbes' annual list of the highest paid athletes, which takes into account both professional salary (and winnings) as well as endorsement money. Porter made $26 million this season and added another $500,000 in endorsements, giving him a total of $26.5 million in earnings between June 2018 and June 2019. He's sandwiched between No. 85 Odell Beckham Jr. ($26.5 million) and No. 87 Andre Drummond ($26.4 million).

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A whopping 35 NBA players on the list, led by 8. LeBron James ($89 million), 9. Stephen Curry ($79.8 million) and 10. Kevin Durant ($65.4 million). NBA'ers had a cumulative earning of $1.3 billion, the most of any sport on the list. Football ($775 million) and soccer ($607 million) were next among sports.

Porter originally signed a four-year, $106 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets in 2017, a contract the Washington Wizards matched. The Wizards then dealt Porter to the Bulls in February in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, who incredibly did not make Forbes' list.

Porter was impressive in 15 games for the Bulls after the trade, averaging 17.5 points on 48.3% shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He suffered a shoulder injury in March and was shut down as the Bulls began tanking for a better draft pick wanted to see some development out of their younger players toward the end of the season.

What's surprising is Porter actually moved down 16 spots from last season despite making more money. Porter was the 69th highest paid player last year, making $25.3 million. Contracts in professional sports continue to increase seemingly by the day, so we'll have to wait and see where Porter is next year when he's slated to make $27.25 million from the Bulls in addition to any endorsements. He'll make $28.5 million in 2020-21, the final year of his contract.

\This past year, $27.75 million (his Bulls salary plus endorsements) would have placed him 75th on the list, just in front of French soccer star Antoine Griezmann.

 

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