CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Is it possible that LeBron James would be the most underpaid Cleveland athlete at any price?
Leading the NBA this season with a salary of nearly $31 million, as part of the three-year, $100 million contract he signed in August, James still isn't getting his full value. Not in an NBA world that limits the top end of what a player can earn.
So while James makes his league-leading money, Al Horford and DeMar DeRozan are among those making $26.5 million per year. Dwyane Wade is making $23.3 million. Hassan Whiteside, Harrison Barnes and Chandler Parson are among those making $22.1 million.
How can Chandler Parson be worth 71 percent of LeBron James?
In this Takes By The Lake podcast from cleveland.com, Zack Meisel and I dissect the list of the most underpaid and overpaid athletes in Cleveland that I created last week. I listed James as the second-most underpaid athlete in the city, behind the Indians Francisco Lindor, and the cleveland.com voters agreed. But Zack thinks James should be No. 1.
Listen to us break that down. And then we got into why there are so few bad contracts in Cleveland right now, especially among the Indians, who seem to be underpaying most of their stars.
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