LeBron James Expected to Earn More Than $1 Billion in Career Earnings in 2021 

James is the first NBA player to surpass the billion-dollar mark while still playing the sport 


Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) points at a team mate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
By: ShaCamree Gowdy

LeBron James is on track to reach his “biggest milestone” as he is expected to cross $1 billion in career earnings in 2021. 

While playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and now Los Angeles Lakers, James has brought in a total of $330 million, according to Lakers Daily’s Orel Dizon. His off-court earnings of $700 million have also help push him above the billion-dollar level. 

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The star athlete is expected to make $95.4 million this season, per Sportico’s Kurt Badenhausen, with $31.4 million coming from his earnings as the Lakers’ small forward. The remaining $64 million will be through endorsements.  

James already has a lifetime deal with Nike for reportedly more than $1 billion, and is also in the process of negotiating a new endorsement contract with Pepsi. 

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One of James’ goals is to one day use his billions in career earnings to buy an NBA franchise, per Badenhausen. 

The four-time NBA MVP is already one of the wealthiest, and arguably greatest, athletes in history.