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The tax bill is in and it's really, really big

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports the Nets' official luxury tax payment at an NBA-record $90.57 million. The total only became known this week because the number is based on the league's season-end audit.

Windhorst reports...

In all, the Nets paid more than $197 million in salaries and luxury taxes this past season. Only three other teams had paid more than $90 million in total tax since its inception in 2001.

According to figures from, Brooklyn’s payroll totaled $102.83 million. "Factor in the $4 million owed to Travis Outlaw because the Nets used their amnesty clause on him, and you get $197.4 million," Mike Mazzeo adds.

As NetsDaily reports, unless things change, the numbers don't get much better for the coming season. ESPN provides the details...

The Nets currently have $90.9 million committed to 11 players: Joe Johnson ($23,180,790), Deron Williams ($19,754,465), Brook Lopez ($15,719,063), Kevin Garnett ($12,000,000), Jarrett Jack ($6,300,000), Mirza Teletovic ($3,368,100), Andrei Kirilenko ($3,326,235), Bojan Bogdanovic ($3,278,000), Sergey Karasev ($1,467,840), Mason Plumlee ($1,357,080) and Marquis Teague ($1,120,920).

That figure does not include Jorge Gutierrez’s non-guaranteed contract ($816,482) or what Markel Brown is likely to sign for next week ($507,336).  Nor does it include whatever Paul Pierce gets ... or what a team might deal the Nets in a sign-and-trade for Pierce.