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Kerr, Spoelstra, Popovich & the Highest-paid Coaches in the NBA

Last Updated: February 26, 2024
Who sits atop the NBA coach salary throne? From Pop, Spo, and Kerr to Monty Williams and beyond, let’s talk NBA coach salary numbers.

Just after All-Star Weekend 2024, the Golden State Warriors and Steve Kerr reportedly agreed to a two-year, $35 million contract extension that makes him the highest-paid coach by average annual value at $17.5 million per year. With his older agreement set to expire after this season, the new deal lines Kerr up with the end of star Stephen Curry‘s current contract.

This news comes less than two months after the Miami Heat extended their head coach Erik Spoelstra to the tune of eight years, $120 million, the most money committed to an NBA coach ever. Considering his peers regard him as one of the top 15 coaches in the history of the league, the extension between Miami and Spo felt inevitable.

Both of these moves came after an offseason that saw the Phoenix Suns move on from head coach Monty Williams, only to see him close a massive deal with the Detroit Pistons worth six years, $78.5 million. With their new deals in place, both Spoelstra and Williams launched into the top three when it comes to the highest-paid coaches in the NBA, but with Kerr’s deal now in place, Monty finds himself

Neither coach, however, is No. 1 on that list. Boardroom reveals which NBA coach tops them all, as well as who else fills out the rest of the top 10 regarding coaches’ contracts.

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Top 5 Highest-paid NBA Coaches

NBA coach salary data via Sportico.

COACHTEAMANNUAL AVG.
Steve KerrGolden State Warriors$17.5M
Gregg PopovichSan Antonio Spurs$16M+
Erik SpoelstraMiami Heat$15M
Monty WilliamsDetroit Pistons$13.1M
Rick CarlisleIndiana Pacers$7.25M

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