LeBron James says he'd opt out of his contract for $292 million

LeBron James wishes he could make baseball money

3/31/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Mar 28, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) smiles as he sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Miami won 110-78. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsLeBron James is, without a doubt, the best basketball player on the planet right now, and may go down as the greatest of all time when his career is over.

Still, there's one thing he'll most likely never have, and that's something that Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera just got: A $292 million contract.

When LeBron heard about the deal that Cabrera got, he admitted that he'd gladly opt out of his own contract if that were a possibility.

"I said 'wow,' I wish we (the NBA) didn't have a salary cap. He's the best player in baseball, and the best players in each sport should be rewarded. It'd be nice to sign a 10-year deal worth $300 million. I would do it this summer for sure. I'd opt out for that."

Unfortunately for him (and other NBA players), that's not a possibility thanks to the NBA's salary structure.

James has the option to opt out of his current contract this summer, but there's no chance that he could get anywhere near Cabrera's deal. He currently makes $19 million per year, and could get a slight bump if he signs a new deal.

Still, he'll never be able to earn as much on the court as Cabrera is making on the baseball diamond. Poor LeBron.
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4/8/14   |   calvinjames21

ntn wrong with wanting to make more money. im with LBJ on this

3/31/14   |   Jess   |   34368 respect

Also, how much money does one REALLY need? I mean...even if you want to live in luxury, have your dream house and dream car(s), travel, take care of your family and your in-laws if you want...I would think LeBron's contract would do all that quite nicely. And then some. I think there comes a point where even living luxuriously, there's only so much $$ you need.

3/31/14   |   Jess   |   34368 respect

(Edited by Jess)

Never mind the fact that baseball players play twice as many games a year, and there's no MLB salary cap. Totally didn't read his quote until just now.