The way salaries work is such a cluster f*** because of stupid owners and stupid collective bargaining. In any industry, Lebron taking less money would mean allowing that money he doesn't take to go elsewhere. Not in the NBA. Bird Rights screw that up. If he had taken less, it wouldn't matter. For it to work, a hard cap or an open system would work according to that teams budget. But because their stupid socialistic horse**** rules, this is the result.