LeBron James: I’m worth way more than the NBA can pay me

Vince Coglianese | Editorial Director

LeBron James said Friday that his monetary value to the NBA is way beyond compensation because he’s just too talented for the league’s current salary caps.

Brian Windhorst at ESPN reports on the less-than-humble admission:

“What I do on the floor shows my value. At the end of the day, I don’t think my value on the floor can really be compensated for, anyways, because of the (collective bargaining agreement),” James said Friday ahead of the Miami Heat’s game against the Pacers (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Indianapolis.

“If you want the truth. If this was baseball, it’d be up, I mean way up there.”

There is no salary cap in Major League Baseball. James, who took a pay cut to sign with the Heat in 2010, is making $17.5 million this season, tied for 13th-highest in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is first at $27.8 million.

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