therealdeal wrote:This isn't a money grab. If he tried to force the Lakers right now to give him anything over 12 million dollars past next season, I'm sure they'd tell him to take a hike. No one is worth 30 million anymore, not even LeBron. At least from a basketball standpoint.
Lebron & Kobe are both worth 30 million, just not when there's other players on the team that send you over the lux tax. I'd take Kobe at 30 million & dumping Pau for a backup C who makes the minimum over forcing Kobe to take 12M or retire.
They're really not worth that much unless you can somehow find a way to field a competitive team around them for only 20 million dollars. Because anything over that is a minimum contract or mini-MLE money. As far as building a team goes, they're not worth that much money. Certainly not Kobe. LeBron is the best player in the game, he might have the best argument for that amount, but really he doesn't have much of an argument there either.
I'll put it this way, to get to that amount AND field a competitive team would take multiple rookie contracts, veterans signing for cheap, and the player being in his prime. Kobe from 2006 for 30 million in today's CBA would be the closest to "worth it", but even then he's not.
You simply cannot fill out the rest of the roster and be a Championship caliber team when one man takes up 3/5 of the cap.