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.
New York Knicks
Gave the injury-prone Greg Oden a one-year deal at the minimum salary.
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Monta Ellis signed a three-year deal for $25 million.
Golden State Warriors
Andre Iguodala signed a $48 million deal over four years.
Dwight Howard signed a four-year deal worth more than $87 million.
San Antonio Spurs
Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Smith signed a four-year deal worth $54 million. Brandon Jennings signed a three-year deal for $24 million.
Paul Millsap signed a two-year $19 million contract with the Hawks.
O.J. Mayo signed a three-year deal for $24 million.