King’s Ransom? Doug Gottlieb reveals how the Cavs’ payroll would balloon to $300M if LeBron stays in Cleveland

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In his discussion with Cris Carter and Eboni Williams, Doug Gottlieb reveals how the Cavaliers' payroll would balloon to $300M if LeBron James stays in Cleveland. Will Koby Altman and Dan Gilbert find a way to keep The King in The Land or will LBJ be 'taking his talents' elsewhere this offseason?

- He doesn't. I agree with you on Dan Gilbert, and we also know that really smart men have really smart accountants. And I'm sure that, even though you're going to pay essentially $158 million to nobody, to the rest of the league, as luxury taxes. $158 million that doesn't go to any of the players because of the luxury tax, because they're so far over the luxury tax and as a repeat offender. We also know there's some accounting that can be done to where, hey man, I lost a ton of money last year and it ends up helping him in taxes.

That said, that's still a huge, huge sum of money. And this is an era of fiscal responsibility. Hell, even the Yankees are trying to be-- with the exception of Giancarlo Stanton's new contract-- fiscally responsible. We look at baseball. They're trying to completely change the salary structure. And the NBA is going to do the same thing in the off-season.

- Hasn't Golden State gone on record as saying their owner, general manager, has said that they're not committed to paying over the luxury tax going into the future?

- And that's what we're talking about with Klay Thompson, that at some point you have to-- So, look, these contracts that they acquired, like, man, how could they get George Hill? Because he's owed $19 million next year.

CRIS CARTER: Clarkson.

- How could they have Jordan Clarkson? Because he's got like three years left on a bad deal that nobody else wants. So this is a fiscally irresponsible deal that tells LeBron, hey, we want you to stay. But here's where it can backfire. When you're that far over the cap, you're completely handcuffed into adding anybody else. So what Chris is saying is right. It has to work. Because if it doesn't, LeBron can't say, well, let's go get some more players next year. Like, hey, dude--

- That's it.

- These are the players the added.

- This is what you got.

- Yeah.

- So this is where it is the ultimate gamble. It is the ultimate, hey, we'll pay the freight later. We'll pay the balloon payment later, with the hope that you win. If you win, he probably stays. If you don't, I think the Lakers argument is, hey, look, we have the young players that you love playing with in Cleveland, that style, it'll re-energize you. The only difference is our salaries are in line. We're not in cap hell. We can still go out and make those--

- Our young guys are on their first contract.