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LeBron James’ contract two years, $42 million with Cavaliers. That doesn’t mean he’s leaving.

Jul 12, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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This isn’t about leaving Cleveland, this is all about money.

LeBron James has signed a two-year, $42.1 million deal with the Cavaliers, something first reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN. LeBron has an opt out after next season, should he want it. We had said in the run up to his decision that no matter where LeBron signed it would be a two-year deal.

This is about money down the line. Windhorst explains it well.

Depending on how the new television contracts are put together, the salary cap is projected to leap to as high as $80 million in 2016. There is also uncertainty with the current collective bargaining agreement starting in 2017, another reason James wanted to keep his long-term options open when it comes to the structure of his contract.

Max salaries are a percentage of the cap. For a player such as LeBron who has been in the league more than 10 years he can get up to 35 percent of the team’s cap space. This year that is $20,644,400, however 35 percent of $80 million is $28 million.

LeBron isn’t leaving Cleveland — after this move to return back home and saying publicly that is why he came back he could not leave again. He knows it.

But that doesn’t mean the man doesn’t want to get paid.

  1. soopreme - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    The big question now is what happens to the “Heat Index” on espn!

  2. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Lebron doesn’t care about his NBA salary just like Shaq said he never spent a game check in his whole career. LBJ just made millions from his Beats deal, his NBA money is pocket change.

  3. stl333 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    So the heat fell apart because of the lack of cap space to fill out the roster, but yet he wants to take 35% of his teams cap space ?

    • 1historian - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      yup

  4. rdrfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    He bolted once he will bolt again. Cav fans are pawns

  5. eheight2014 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    2 years, 42 mill. and you all thought he was selfish???? Now, go buy you $300.00, behind some poll tickets…LOL,LOL,LOL!

  6. revren10 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Lebron will bolt to the lakers with durant in two years

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