The Miami Heat weren’t able to pull off a historical run to a three-peat and while they may have found a way to get their Big 3 to take less money the first time they all met up, with contracts set to expire in coming years the Heat aren’t going to be so lucky the second time around.
The biggest wild card remains LeBron James, who can opt-out of his contract this summer and leave Miami in the dust. But while the Heat want to keep him and the Big 3 where they are, they won’t be catching any breaks when it comes to how much they’ll have to pay.
According to the New York Daily News, the Miami Heat will have to pay LeBron James the full amount of what he’s worth next season as their star player is not at all interested in taking a pay cut to help out with salary cap concerns.
As team insiders have maintained for months, James isn’t interested in reducing his salary from $20.6 next season and $22.1 million in 2015-16 just so that team owner Micky Arison can avoid paying luxury taxes. As they say, been there, done that and all it got James was second place.
This is something we expected and it can’t be all that surprising for the Heat either. LeBron James isn’t a greedy player but he’s also not running a charity where he can just donate his professional time to the Heat. He wants to get paid and for what they’re paying him the Heat should be happy that LeBron took what he did the first time around as there are plenty of teams who would give him so much more to gt their hands on him.
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