Dwyane Wade was asked this week what he believes he would receive annually if there was no maximum contract.
“I’m sure it would get to $50 million,” Wade said.
Jerry Buss has reportedly told people that Bryant is worth perhaps $70 million per year to the Lakers because of his talent and marketability. Many people i
“In terms of driving revenue, if the NBA had no cap, the compensation would be totally different,” Wade said. “Like baseball, where they have no cap, you see the players that they feel fill arenas, that people come out to see, A-Rod, those kind of guys, look at how much money they make on their deals.
“You’ve got guys – starting with Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal(notes), and Kobe and LeBron – all players that individually people wanted to come to see. And wanted to just have a glimpse, just one glimpse, to be able to say that I’ve seen that person play. For what they’ve done for the game, what they’ve done for organizations, I don’t think you can really put a dollar amount on it.”
A report from RealGM in May of 2010 that surveyed the opinions of multiple agents and basketball insiders indicated LeBron James could easily receive a deal over four or five years worth $50 million annually.
George Andrews, former agent to Magic Johnson, spoke with RealGM about the concept of leaving the NBA's superstars uncapped.
"I have always been an advocate that the top guys should not have a cap," Andrews said. "The league is a superstar league. The top handful of teams and top 10 or 11 players drive the economy of the league."