LeBron James is a really ridiculously good basketball player, and that's being modest. But here's a question: Just how must is he worth? $20 million? $30 million? ¥950 million? Well, James is currently playing for $17.5 million, which is the 13th-most in the NBA. He's obviously worth more than that, and James knows this, too. In an article from ESPN, LeBron said he believes he can't possibly be paid for what his talent is worth. He said, "What I do on the floor shows my value. At the end of the day, I don't think my value on the floor can really be compensated for, anyways, because of the (collective bargaining agreement)."
That said, that type of salary is expected when you're sharing space with the likes of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James knows that as well, but he took that pay cut for the sake of forming a successful team. He's never received a max deal in his career and turning down a chance to have one by joining the Heat is something LeBron thinks he doesn't get enough notoriety for: "I don't get (the credit) for it. That doesn't matter to me; playing the game is what matters to me. Financially, I'll sacrifice for the team. It shows for some of the top guys, it isn't all about money. That's the genuine side of this, it's about winning. I understand that."
The man has a ring, two Olympic gold medals, and the 2012 MVP. We think he'll be all right without that extra couple million dollars.