Why was LeBron James never signed a Supermax contract?

LeBron James is one of the best NBA players of the twenty-first century, but he never agreed to sign a supermax contract.

The Supermax contract is officially called the “Excellent Veterans Renewal Agreement”, only for a few top players. After Stephen Curry, James Harden, John Wall, etc. now it is Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert to achieve this achievement.

The Supermax contract allows the star players to receive up to 35% of their salary, and the amount they receive each year after that is increased by 8%. With the salary fund increasing, the amount of money the players receive is increasing. Typically, Antetokounmpo has just broken an all-time record with a contract of $ 228 million in 5 years.

In order to get the supermax contract, players must enter their 9th or 10th season in the NBA, be playing for the team that drafted themselves or the team they were traded in under the rookie contract, and meet one of the following criteria:

– Drop into the All-NBA roster in the most recent season, or for 2 consecutive seasons before the most recent season.

– Won the title of Best Defense Player, or in two consecutive seasons before the most recent.

– Won the MVP title in one of the last 3 seasons.

In terms of these criteria, LeBron James completely qualified for many years. For 16 consecutive seasons, the player born in 1984 has always been in the All-NBA squad. He also won the MVP title 4 times in his career.

However, LeBron never signed a Supermax contract in his career. The reason is that this type of contract law was only passed by the NBA in 2017. At that time, James had passed the 14th season, no longer eligible to receive this contract.

The Supermax contract, also known as the Kevin Durant law, was created to help teams retain the stars, avoiding circumstances like the summer of 2016, when the Golden State Warriors could offer Durant a flat salary. with OKC Thunder.

If the Supermax contract appeared earlier, maybe Durant would have stayed with OKC Thunder, and maybe LeBron James is still dedicating his entire career to Cleveland Cavaliers, because there have been no players who rejected the contract before Supermax at all.