As Stephen Curry agrees to a new NBA record $201 million contract which will be surpassed within a year, LeBron James couldn’t help but note just how much more valuable Curry is to the Golden State Warriors franchise than the NBA CBA maximum salary limits permit.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 1, 2017
James is right of course and by putting maximum salary limits on what players can earn, the NBA has created the possibility of super teams coming together and dominating the Association.
However, it should be pointed out that James is a senior member of the player’s association that collectively bargained for the limits in the current CBA.
LeBron is right, though max salaries, the salary cap & luxury tax were all collectively bargained by the NBPA, of which LeBron is First VP. https://t.co/GTASVHGuAC
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) July 1, 2017
If there was no limit on an individual player’s salary, the superstars in the NBA could command nearly the entire salary cap space. Teams would pay it. James would get offers that meant the rest of the roster he’d be playing with would be on NBA minimum salaries. He’d likely take it to. That $400 million contract number would become very possible if he wasn’t limited by the CBA.
However, the potential future owner of an NBA franchise might not like the power a change like this to the CBA would give to players like James, Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George or James Harden and it’s been proven that without limits, owners can’t help themselves and their often huge mistakes would become franchise crippling.
So maybe James the player was acting like James the future NBA owner during those CBA negotiations?
LeBron keeping it real. Looking forward to his potential future as an NBA owner. https://t.co/9JC2qr12w1
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 1, 2017