Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless suggests LeBron James should take a pay cut on his potential new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and that way give the team a better chance of signing more pieces that could them win the championship next year.
This week, James became eligible to sign a two-year, $97 million extension with the Lakers. James currently has one year left on his current deal with the Lakers and he could become a free agent next summer if he doesn't sign an extension with the Purple and Gold in the upcoming period.
"Help me out: Why wouldn't LeBron take far less $$$ from the Lakers to maximize chances to win 1 more ring??? He's a BILLIONAIRE. In 2013 and '14, Tim Duncan took only 10 mil! Spurs should've won both years.
Another reason why Duncan was more valuable than LeBron ever has been," Bayless wrote on Twitter.
Help me out: Why wouldn't LeBron take far less $$$ from the Lakers to maximize chances to win 1 more ring??? He's a BILLIONAIRE.
In 2013 and '14, Tim Duncan took only 10 mil! Spurs should've won both years. Another reason why Duncan was more valuable than LeBron ever has been. — Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 5, 2022
James to stay in Los Angeles?
James has been with the Lakers since 2018 and he has led the team to one championship.
James hasn't really shown any indication that he plans to leave the Lakers and ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that he is not sensing from his conversations with others that James wants to get out of Los Angeles.
“I don’t sense that LeBron wants to leave the Lakers,” Windhorst said on ESPN Daily. “But I would be remiss to not point out that the Cavs have positioned themselves to have huge salary cap space next summer when LeBron could potentially be a free agent and they have this growing young team.
In fact, the team that they have right now is more potent than the team that they had that he returned to in 2014." James and the Lakers missed out on the playoffs last season. James wasn't happy with how this past season went for the Lakers and he will be determined to bounce back this upcoming season.