Actor and producer Kobe Bryant will make a $5 billion fortune if he decides to stay in the NBA.
A source familiar with his thinking told The Associated Press that Bryant wants to make a decision within the next month.
The source said Bryant, 55, has already been weighing the pros and cons of his decision.
“The NBA is one of the few arenas that offers an open door policy,” the source said.
“We are in a very competitive environment, and it is imperative that he makes the best decision for his family.”
Bryant, who starred in the hit HBO series “The Wire” and directed the critically acclaimed film “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” is expected to make $7 billion in salary and other compensation this year, according to a report by the New York Times.
Basketball players make about $17 million a year and many of them don’t want to leave their franchises, the report said.
Former New Orleans Pelicans star Chris Paul, who is expected be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, has made $15 million this year and could make even more in 2019, according the report.
Bryants salary will make him the highest-paid athlete in the league, behind only Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, according The Associated News.
If he stays in the NFL, Bryant would earn about $12 million annually.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.