Thursday , Oct , 09 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant Takes Seventy Percent of Salary in One Check

There also are provisions that allow a player to receive up to 70 percent of his salary in one check every season. Kobe Bryant is the most famous example. He already has been paid nearly $15 million for this season, which had to be a hell of a check for Jerry Buss to write.

Bryant’s contract calls for him to be paid 70 percent of his salary each season by Sept. 1. Some owners simply can’t do that. I can’t say how much Paul is getting paid up front every season, but it’s another way a team can sweeten a max contract.