“Why wouldn’t LeBron settle for less?” Skip Bayless controversially emphasizes that Tim Duncan was more valuable than LeBron James »FirstSportz
Lebron James faces a contract extension. Los Angeles Lakers strive to retain their megastar for a longer period of time with his recent performances. but Skip Bayless isn’t impressed with LeBron James’ pay scale. According to Bayless, LBJ is not taking a pay cut to maximize his chances of another ring win with the LA Lakers. The four-time NBA MVP is eligible to sign a two-year contract worth $97 million through June 30, 2023. If Lebron signs a lower-value contract, the Lakers could make room to sign another top player next offseason.
The Los Angeles Lakers sacrificed their future picks and rights in mega deals for Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. So they might struggle to recruit young, low-value players who want to be successful on the big stage. And they don’t have a huge trading fortune to land a megastar in trading either. So the free hand remains their best bet, and having more money would certainly help them get better prospects.
With that in mind, Bayless James suggests taking a pay cut to improve LA and its chances of another chip win. Skip wrote on Twitter, “Help me: Why wouldn’t LeBron take a lot less $$$ from the Lakers to maximize the chances of winning another ring??? He’s a BILLIONAIRE. In 2013 and 14, Tim Duncan only took 10 million! Spurs should have won both years. Another reason Duncan was more valuable than LeBron ever was.”
Skip Bayless uses Tim Duncan’s example to trick LeBron James into taking a pay cut.
LeBron James is a megastar in the league. At the age of 37, LBJ was individually having one of the best seasons of his career. He averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game, shooting 52.4% from the field and finishing in the top three scorers list. But the Lakers as a team had a poor season, ending their season with just 82 regular season games. To give them a chance in the coming seasons, the Lakers may need to add some star role players around their 2020 champion pair – LBJ and AD.
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Bayless stuck to the same point and suggested that LeBron take a pay cut. He mentioned the example of Tim Duncan. The Hall of Famer took a $10 million pay cut during the 2012 offseason and signed a three-year, $30 million contract. That helped the San Antonio Spurs reach the NBA Finals in 2013 and 2014. They were beaten by James’ Heat in Miami in 2013 but they came back and won the title the following season.
In the current era of max and supermax contracts, it’s very rare for a player of LeBron’s status to speak lower wages for his services, but then something similar is observed in Philly, where James Harden is willing to accept a low-value contract received, which surprised many experts. He waived his $47 million player option and will earn around $33 million in the first season of a two-year, $68.6 million deal with the Sixers to give the franchise some financial flexibility .
Just to emphasize Skip’s comparison, however, Duncan experienced a decline in his performances and production while it was Kawhi Leonard and other young stars who delivered for Spurs. In contrast, James’ achievements haven’t drastically declined, although some might say they’ve gone north.
So far, if rumors are to be believed, LeBron James has had productive talks with the LA Lakers over an extension. LeBron James’ agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, told ESPN that the LA Lakers and the player had a productive discussion about his extension. It was also reported that LeBron James could seek a $47 million extension for the 2023-24 NBA season with a player option for the 2024-25 campaign.
King James is keen to stay with the Lakers as Anthony Davis is proving to be his best partner on the court. Things could change dramatically for the Lakers if LBJ decides to stay with them, and other stars could take a pay cut to join him in the franchise.
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