Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the third quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: LeBron Wants Max; Won't Meet With Teams

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In 2010, LeBron James was lining up meetings with teams and was open to taking less money in order to win a championship. Now, it’s almost an entirely opposite scenario.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, LeBron James is going to demand max salary from teams that wish to sign him and won’t be taking meetings with any teams. Instead, his agent, Rich Paul, will handle the early stages of free agency for James.

Teams who contact James will be informed that he wants no less than the maximum salary number for next season, sources said. The max number is projected to be $22.2 million. In 2010, James accepted a pay cut when he signed with the Miami Heat, taking less than the maximum salary to help make space for other free agents.

Also, as of now, James is not scheduling any pitch meetings with teams — he will let agent Rich Paul handle the opening stages of talks. In 2010, he scheduled six meetings with teams at his offices in Cleveland over the first three days of July.

James’ demands for the length of his next deal is in flux. After the Finals, James said flexibility was important to him, hinting that he may not be looking for a full four or five-year contract.

This information could shake up the contenders for James and also sends the message that James, who has never been the single highest-paid player on his team in his 11-year career, is not as willing to personally sacrifice money to improve the roster as he was in the past. That burden may now fall to teammates such as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

If the report remains true, and if the Miami Heat’s Big Three remain intact, it’ll be up to Wade and Bosh to take significant pay cuts in order for the Heat to court the likes of Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat during free agency.

Free agency begins at midnight.


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Tags: Houston Rockets LeBron James Miami Heat NBA Free Agency Phoenix Suns

  • Xtremenator1

    Honestly though, if salaries had no limit, Lebron would be worth maybe 50 Million dollars. I don’t get how the max works with Kobe Bryant though. For the rest of the league they can only make around 22 million this year, whereas with Bryant I believe he’s signed up for around 25 and not too long ago he was making 30 MIll a year. Not sure how that works?

  • Guest

    I just hope Lon and McD move on sooner rather then later and look towards deals that actually could happen like swooping in to scoop up PF Ed Davis who hasn’t excelled anywhere but is 25 and who is stuck in a stagnant Grizz offense. In an uptempo Raptor offense he was just starting to find his game until that trade for Rudy Gay that sent him to Mem. In FA the early bird usually gets the worm and Ed is a young developing PF the Suns with the right offer could actually acquire now that Mem has declined to extend his $4 million ext.

    The Suns may realistically have the chedder to give James his Max offer, But I groan thinking of Babs and McDee tying up so much precious time om plan A at the start of July, and missing out on the Real players “Plan B”. That could help expedite the rebuild along instead of having too settle on Plan C, if this capture the King quest of theirs goes on more then a minute too long in the first week of the Free Agent period. When the bulk of the laying of ground work usually gets done and is just a formality for players to sign two weeks later.