I can tell you, for an absolute fact, that Kay is getting nowhere near $1.2M.
how would "Knowing an Agent" help you? If said agent even cared enough to answer your question, what possible incentive would they have to be accurate? Obviously they are going to talk it up.
Like it or not, Accountants run the world, they're the ones you need to talk too.
And to answer the OP's other question, well yes, there are ways and means.
Basketballers have two big advantages over their AFL counterparts. Firstly, given tje international and transient nature of some of tje players, clubs argue correctly that it is "industry practice" to provide accommodation, transport, flights, etc, and its all FBT free. Kay has the option of staying at the mansion, or if he has a partner they'll rent him a bloody flash house or apartment. They'll provide him with a car or service, meals and clothing allowances, and free flights.
The other advantage is that unlike the AFL, the NBL isn't as picky about arrangements outside the cap. There has been more than one WAG employed by the team.
And yes, there are other "legal" ways to effectively defer income tax, which is particularly beneficial for athletes that have limited peak earning spans.
And its legit. Even the courts have upheld it. The ATO is aware of the loophole, but last I heard there has been no change to the law.
Put simply it involves your employer investing money into a future annuity on your behalf.