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LeBron James won’t reduce his salary for the sake of Heat owner Micky Arison

  • Jason Whitney

LeBron James might be saying farewell to South Beach

Decision time part two will be coming up for LeBron James and according to sources, The King won’t reduce his salary so that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison can avoid paying luxury taxes. James has until June 29th to figure out whether he wants to opt out of his current contract that would pay him $20.6 next season and $22.1 million in 2015-16.

After getting blown out in five games to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, many questions surround this current Heat team and they have serious flaws that need to be addressed. And in order to fix these flaws, the Heat will have to not only retain their Big Three, but also have them take less money in order to surround them with more talent. This is something James and his running mates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh possibly would do if it meant the Heat bringing in younger, talented parts.

Via New York Daily News:

As team insiders have maintained for months, James isn’t interested in reducing his salary from $20.6 next season and $22.1 million in 2015-16 just so that team owner Micky Arison can avoid paying luxury taxes. As they say, been there, done that and all it got James was second place.

The Big Three would possibly do what Duncan has done for years so that Pat Riley has the means to bring in a young, athletic wing, along with other new parts. There will be talk about taking pay cuts to fit Carmelo Anthony in, but that is seen as far-fetched.

The Heat may need more than another wing player who can score like Carmelo Anthony. The team was exposed for its isolation basketball during the Finals and Carmelo Anthony is the definition of isolation basketball. Point guard is another position the Heat struggled in. With limited cap space and draft picks, the team might be stuck trying to find older players at the end of their careers willing to sacrifice money in order to win a championship, whereas younger players are usually more prone to take the contracts worth more money. This will be an interesting month of July in South Beach!

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