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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Why is Lebron James allowed to make only as much as Blake Griffin/Lowry/Wall make?

    Having a salary cap and a player cap completely destroys any chance of league parity.

    Lebron is 100x better than all the players getting paid the same as him. Why is this being ignored?

    If each team has a salary cap of $100M, for example, then the team with $50M of free salary cap should be able to offer $50M to Lebron. If Lebron wants to pass up on the extra money, then that's on him.

    The current system gives no bargaining chips to the small market teams. Lebron basically got to pick between taking $35M from the Lakers or taking $35M from a bunch of teams located in the middle of nowhere.

    Small market teams have a 0% chance of signing big free agents unless they are the ones to have drafted the guy. Small market teams need to draft AT LEAST two hall of famers to have a shot at the title.

    It is a shame that nothing is being done to address league disparity.
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    I actually agree with you on this one. Have the salary cap, get rid of the max contract.

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    No player should make $50,000,000...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LF85 View Post
    No player should make $50,000,000...
    Yeah and the owners shouldn't make as much as they do either. We're way past that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blams View Post
    Yeah and the owners shouldn't make as much as they do either. We're way past that.

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    Um it's 2020 they aren't owners anymore lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by LF85 View Post
    No player should make $50,000,000...
    MJ made like 67 million a season....is that better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattusmaru View Post
    MJ made like 67 million a season....is that better?
    Not in NBA salary he didn't. He did make $33M one year, and he was worth it more than LeBron based on what he did for NBA revenue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scoots View Post
    Not in NBA salary he didn't. He did make $33M one year, and he was worth it more than LeBron based on what he did for NBA revenue.
    Sorry you're correct. Always thought it was much more based on his impact to the league and being GOAT. He sets the gold standard for big time clutch-ness when defensive play was much more brutal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scoots View Post
    Not in NBA salary he didn't. He did make $33M one year, and he was worth it more than LeBron based on what he did for NBA revenue.
    $33 million in the 90s was also more like $55M today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye15 View Post
    $33 million in the 90s was also more like $55M today
    Actually closer to 44 mil perhaps. Inflation wasn't that bad from the 90s onward.

    Now if we go back to the 70s when the gold standard was eliminated....then were talking [emoji23]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye15 View Post
    $33 million in the 90s was also more like $55M today
    Yes, but that doesn't mean he made $67 million in a season. Also he made that kind of money for 2 years, he also made $4M a year at his peak.

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    I think the salary cap just works better with bigger rosters like the NHL and NFL. You cap out with 3 players and you end up like the Leafs. Good names, but 1st round fodder.

    So I agree. If Davis and Lebron could make true market value each, with a hard cap, they likely donít play together.

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    Salary cap with a max contract is a recipe for disaster for franchises and the league's competitiveness, but at the same time it's insurance policy.

    Imagine paying Durant half of your salary cap and he gets injured.


    Also, if they want a salary cap, the reported salary must be the player's net salary. It's unfair that Florida's max is paying more than California's max and it defeats the entire purpose of having this restriction in the first place.

    The league would be much better without a salary cap. But the luxury tax threshold should still apply as well as minimum amount spent on salaries so that you won't have teams with $300m rosters playing against teams with $30m rosters.

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    A factor to consider is that if teams are free to pay as much money as they want on a top star, they have less to pay the mid-tier players. The NBAPA is made up of far more mid to low tier players than stars. They do not want to give up all their money so the top guys can get paid more.

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    Lol the fed.

    I think players should get separate checks. The system we have now is fine. But when you see organizations like the dubs triple in value(no idea what the actual numbers are btw) all due to their championship success, shouldn't curry get a piece of that pie?

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