Teams are lining up to woo LeBron James in hopes of inking the four-time MVP to a contract and tilting the balance of power in the NBA. The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the early favorites, but James’ agent, Rich Paul, reportedly met with at least four other teams seeking James’ signature, including the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. Reports are swirling that James wants a maximum level salary next season, which is projected to be about $20.7 million for an 11-year veteran like James. It will continue a tradition of massive paydays for James, who banked $72.3 million in salary and endorsements over the last 12 months and $450 million during his career, by Forbes’ count. Here is how he did it.
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