Report: LeBron on Track to Becoming NBA’s First $200 Million Player

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history after dethroning defending champion Golden State 93-89 to capture their first NBA title

After fulfilling his promise and bringing Cleveland its first major sports title in 52 years, LeBron James is reportedly on track to becoming the NBA’s first $200 million player.

James opted out of his contract on Tuesday and is likely to sign a one-year deal with the Cavs for $27.5 million, which he has the option to do.

According to ESPN, when the NBA’s salary cap dramatically increases after next season, the Cavs will be in a position to “offer James a five-year deal that currently is projected to be worth between $201-205 million depending on various models NBA teams are using for revenue growth.”

That projected deal would make James “the highest-paid player in league history for the 2017-18 season by earning $35 million, passing Michael Jordan’s record of $33 million in 1997-98” and he would become the league’s first player to make $40 million a year in the 2019-2020 season.


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