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The 2023 WNBA Finals are about to begin and one of the brightest stars that will be taking to court is A’ja Wilson from the defending champions Las Vegas Aces. Wilson is widely considered to be the biggest female talent in the game of basketball in the world right now. She was the WNBA MVP both in 2020 and 2022. Just a few weeks ago she was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She was Rookie of the Year back in 2018 after becoming a number one Draft pick for the Aces. Wilson is a 5-time All-Star participant too. The list goes on and on but how much is A’ja Wilson’s net worth? What are Wilson’s contract terms? What is Wilson’s salary? Read on to find out.
A’ja Wilson current contract details, including the contract extension
The 27-year-old A’ja Wilson has been in the WNBA for 5 years and she has played only for the Las Vegas Aces during that time. She initially joined the Aces on a four-year rookie contract worth $232,000. After an amazing rookie season, Wilson averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in her first year, she was voted WNBA Rookie of the Year and made the All-Star game. She was voted to the All-Star again in 2019 when she led the Aces to the WNBA Finals too.
After those two years, the Aces were convinced that A’ja was a generational talent and they offered her an improved 2+2 year contract. Here are details of it.
Current contract’s full breakdown
A’ja Wilson’s contract is running its second year of two right now. According to its terms, A’ja is earning $202,155 in 2023. This is after she earned $196,267 back in 2022. Back in July 2023 A’ja opted in to sign the two-year extension she had as an option so she is staying with the Aces until 2025.
Contract extension details
The details of her extension are simple. A’ja Wilson’s salary both in 2024 and 2025 will be exactly $200,000. As things stand right now A’ja Wilson will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2025 season.
How much has A’ja Wilson earned from her basketball career so far?
A’ja Wilson’s contract arrangement over her 5 years with the Aces had brought her just over $1 million in earnings purely from basketball.
Like many other female basketball players from the WNBA A’ja has to look for more opportunities during the off-season. In 2020 she played on a 4-month contract in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Shaanxi Red Wolves. A’ja is believed to have earned around $120,000 for that stint overseas.
Other sources of income for A’ja Wilson
A’ja Wilson earns extra money from her sponsorship contracts, media and podcast appearances, advertising commitments and endorsement of certain products. There is no clear estimate of how much she earns from all those extra activities but it is believed to be no more than $150,000 per year.
A’ja Wilson’s net worth and does she deserve better pay
A’ja Wilson’s net worth as of March 2023 is around $2 million.
Many would think this is not bad for a female basketball player. Yet, it comes as a striking difference how much the net worth of arguably the best individual talent on the planet right now is compared to the wages given to the male stars of the game in the NBA.
Still, at least for now, we don’t need to worry about A’ja’s future as she seems to have generated enough cash to feel secure.
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