LeBron James is trying to decide what his future holds and there’s a pretty good chance that his future is in Miami where he’s made it to four straight NBA Finals appearances and walked away with two rings.
But LeBron is putting the Heat to the flames and is insisting on asking for a max deal in free agency which is something that is not what Miami wants to be hearing at this moment.
Brian Windhorst from ESPN is reporting that LeBron James is insistent on requesting a maximum contract in free agency.
Teams that contact LeBron James will be informed that he wants no less than the maximum salary number for next season, sources said. The max number is projected to be $22.2 million. In 2010, James accepted a pay cut when he signed with the Miami Heat, taking less than the maximum salary to help make space for other free agents.
This is expected but it’s not something that is likely to stick. LeBron has every right to insist on the max as it puts pressure on a heat team that has nothing going for it right now in terms of roster talent. That’s not to say such a thing won’t change but the bottom line is the pressure is on the Heat to make LeBron want to lower his asking price because he loves the roster so much, and that’s what is the task of Pat Riley this summer.