How much would LeBron make in an open market? Look to Ronaldo

Last July, LeBron James congratulated Steph Curry on landing a five-year, $200 million deal with the Golden State Warriors. It was one of the richest contracts in American sports history, but James made it clear he thought Curry was still underpaid.
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James tweeted that in reference to a report that the Warriors had more than quintupled in value since Curry’s arrival to the team. It reopened an old topic: Just how much would James be worth in an open market in which there was no NBA salary cap or maximum salary Dwayne Allen Jersey rule?

James and Ronaldo are quite similar. Both are icons of their sport and worldwide marketing superstars with tens of millions of followers on social media. Both are 33 years old. James turned pro at age 18, Ronaldo at age 17. Both have won a slate of player of the year trophies, hold numerous scoring records and have claimed conference and league championships.

I think they considered us very strongly, Harris said of James’ group Monday at the Las Vegas Summer League. I think he — I would be speculating on how he makes his decisions, and I don’t want to do that — but I think that they were really serious [about Philadelphia]. The fact that they took the meeting with us was something that they didn’t view lightly, so I think that they were very serious about it.

Ultimately, James chose to join the Lakers and live in Los Angeles, where he has two homes and will join a promising young core of Brandon Womens Clint Boling Jersey Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart to go with experienced veteran playmakers including new additions Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson.

The Sixers believed they had a more promising foundation with Embiid, Simmons, Dario Saric and Markelle Fultz while being in the easier to navigate Eastern Conference. Right after the sting of James’ decision, the Sixers turned their attention back to free agency.