Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal is a multi-millionaire. O’Neal’s net worth is around $400 million as of 2022.
He made his fortunes playing in the league for about 19 years and making smart investments after retirement. Being one of the greatest to play, Shaq was a dominant force on the court.
The Diesel made about $150 million playing for the Lakers for 8 seasons. While his NBA earnings are around $292 million,
he believes that he could make that amount in just 2 years of playing in the current NBA. For some, this might not come as a surprise given his resume. But others might simply not agree.
Giannis Antetokounmpo recently signed a new deal, which is a 5-year $228 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
O’Neal’s NBA earnings were close to this figure in his 15th year. Whereas Giannis Antetokounmpo will make more than $330 million by his 13th season.
Contracts have taken a huge leap since the 90s. And as for Shaq, he believes that a 4-year $600 million contract would be his close worth in the league if he was to play in this era.
“If I was in the NBA right now, I’d be making 600 million for four years. playing against those little tweety bums. They’re soft,” said O’Neal.
Shaq’s averages are comparatively better than any big man today. Arguably, a dominant force like him would easily fetch a contract in a 4-year $200+ million range.
While a 4-year $600 million contract does sound like a heavy purchase, it was just banter from Shaq.