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Is LeBron James Going To Try & Force The NBA To Remove “Max” Contracts From The League?

Submitted by on October 6, 2014 – 10:53 amOne Comment

LeBron James is incredibly valuable to both the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Every year, he helps them generate millions and millions of dollars. In fact, LeBron and his fellow NBA superstars are the reason that the NBA was just able to sign a new $24 billion (yes, billion!) deal with Disney and Turner. So LeBron and other players like him should be able to rake in as much money as they can make every year, right? Er, wrong.

Because of the way the NBA’s last Collective Bargaining Agreement was set up, LeBron can’t make whatever teams are willing to pay him. He can only make a prearranged amount of money every year that is determined by the “max” contract stipulations in the CBA. And if he wants to play alongside other stars? Well, then he can’t even make that “max.” He needs to make even less than the max in order to accommodate his teammates. So LeBron doesn’t make anywhere close to what he’s worth to his team or the league. At least, he doesn’t make it right now.

At the moment, he might be making a push to eliminate the idea of “max” contracts from the league. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst just reported that LeBron and other stars like Chris Paul might try and get the NBA to eliminate “max” deals when it comes time to collective bargain again in 2017. And if they are able to do that, it would allow guys like LeBron to make whatever they wanted to make in a given year, as long as their team doesn’t go over the salary cap to pay them. It would be great for guys like LeBron who want to make as much money as possible during their careers.

Will they get what they want, though? That’s obviously TBD. We’re willing to bet that NBA owners are going to push—and push hard—to keep “max” contracts in place. But with all of the money that the NBA is generating right now, we don’t blame players one bit for trying to get a bigger piece of the pie. They clearly deserve it.

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