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how much would LeBron be worth if the NBA had no salary cap?

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how much would LeBron be worth if the NBA had no salary cap?

Been thinking about this a little bit. Lebron makes $17.5 mill a year or so, which is considerably less than superstars in other sports, and comparable to a lot of MLB players who aren't even the best players on their team. for comparison, Josh Hamilton makes ~17 mill, and hes a heck of a hitter, but exiting his prime, and nobody would argue hes the most transcendent baseball player of his generation.

In his last years with the Bulls, Michael Jordan was playing on one year deals for $50 million. So I figured that was a good place to start. $50 million in 1998 adjusted for inflation (I used the historic rate...3.5%) annually is...$83.7 million! That's almost the entire NBA salary cap. Toss in a bidding war between the big NBA markets, its reasonable to think that without a salary cap, Lebron would be getting paid $100 million a year. Crazy to think about.

The NBA owners have it so good.


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He would probably command to

He would probably command to be the highest paid athlete in major sports (meaning similar money to Alex Rodriguez), $30mil a year perhaps?

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Jordan actually was on a 33

Jordan actually was on a 33 mil contract his last year with the Bulls.

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mj 50m? for sure ive read it

mj 50m? for sure ive read it somewhere its 33 and if converted now will be 47m

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Yeah, I just looked it up

Yeah, I just looked it up again. 33 it is. I get $55 mill a/yr adjusting to 2013 dollars but I guess it just depends on which inflation rate you want to use. still a boatload of money. Clearly Lebron is paid way less than market value would be. I also have the NBA salary cap for 2013 way off. its $58, and I was thinking of the NFL cap in my head witch is $88 I think.

I still think with no cap LeBron could pull in $75-100 mill.

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bill simmons

I remember Bill Simmons mentioning in an article that he thinks LeBron, without a salary cap, could make something like $75 million/season. Maybe even more. The guy is so valuable to the entire league, everyone makes madddd $$$$$ off of him.

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The Knicks and Lakers

The Knicks and Lakers generate more than 300 millions $, so I think in such player centric game like the NBA 25% of that is a conservative approach, but is there any doubt the Knicks would offer 100 millions?

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I think it's very likely the

I think it's very likely the Knicks and Prokhorov would offer something north of 100 million per year to lure LeBron into the big apple. And i'm very happy that the NBA has this restrictions to avoid this kind of unballanced payroles. This wouldn't be even funny to se a team with a payrole 4 times of what other teams can offer NOT winning it every year.

I like the way the NBA and the CBA are trying to ballance the level of competetition and even markets like LA and New York need to be successful to make this work.

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There was an article about

There was an article about this on ESPN.com

"We asked this burning question to execs around the league. One surveyed league GM put that figure at -- get this -- $250 million, citing the unthinkably large revenue streams of the top franchises.

"Maybe higher," the executive added."

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/PerDiem-130205/nba-how-much-...

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inflation isn't an exact

inflation isn't an exact science, Salaries don't have anything to do with inflation. Some people earn less than they did 10 years ago!

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"The owners have it so good?

"The owners have it so good? " What about the guys who don't perform to their contracts like the Eddy Currys and Marburys?? It all evens out

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nobody pointed a gun to their

nobody pointed a gun to their heads and told them to give them that kind of money. they could have said no and not give those contracts to those players. they have nobody else to blame.

im sorry, im mistaken, they can blame isiah thomas.

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It evens out

What he doesnt earn on the court, he earns off. He doesnt need to be paid 50+ million because he makes 100+ million yearly from endorsements

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MJ made 33 Mil, with

MJ made 33 Mil, with Inflation since then, I say North of 50 Mil..

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Doesn't kobe get 30 mil a

Doesn't kobe get 30 mil a year?

If so then Lebron would prob get like 50 mil. Purely a guess.

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Doesn't kobe get 30 mil a

Doesn't kobe get 30 mil a year?

If so then Lebron would prob get like 50 mil. Purely a guess.

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Baseball contract wise.10

Baseball contract wise.10 years around 350 million. Albert Pujols type money.

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Bill Simmons said a while ago Lebron should get 75 million

I think it should be between 75 and 100 million. When he left the Cav's the value of the franchise dropped over 100 million dollars in 6 months. It was estimated downtown revenues from bars, parking, etc are also another 150 million dollar loss in total on top of that.

The Lakers may pay 80 million dollars for Kobe next season, but they pay it to each other instead of him. It is a truly devious and brilliant maneuver. Its similar and just as sleazy as the Japanese teams getting more for the player in he plays in America than he gets in the deal. Dice K got a total deal of 111 million and the team he played for got 50 of that. The soccer atrocities are even worse, where these teams trade a player for like 50 million dollars.

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If there was no salary cap or

If there was no salary cap or contract restrictions of any kind I would imagine that LeBron could sign a 10 year 500 million dollar contract. KG has already been paid over 325 million since he entered the league so the next 10 years of LeBron could realistically be worth almost a billion dollars.

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Working on an inflation based

Working on an inflation based calculator from the UK, Jordan's $33 million salary in 1997/98 would be worth $49.3 million now. Interestingly also though is that MJ was only paid $3,850,000 in 1995/96 which equates to $6.12 million now, so the Bulls maybe got the greatest ever bargain that year.

If you consider A-Rod's contract in baseball is around $27.50 million a year and that Kobe earns $30 million next season then LeBron could legitimately be in the same level.

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