LeBron James rips NBA's salary cap, says Stephen Curry should be making $80 million per year

Shortly after the NBA's free agency period began, Stephen Curry reportedly agreed to a $201 million contract, the largest in NBA history. But if you ask LeBron James, Curry should be making twice as much.

After a San Francisco Chronicle reporter noted that the value of the Golden State Warriors had jumped more than 450% in seven years, from $450 million in 2010 to $2.6 billion this year, James used that as an opportunity to rip the NBA's salary cap.

In commenting on the tweet, James rhetorically asked why the NBA even has a salary cap and said Curry's new contract should be twice as big, or about $80 million per year.

Here is a look at what Ann Killion was referring to. The value of all NBA teams is skyrocketing, but the Warriors have continued to go up even when most other teams have slowed down in recent years.

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And the value of the Warriors should go up even more when they move into their new arena in San Francisco for the 2019-20 season.

The critic will note that the collective bargaining agreement already guarantees that the players are to receive 51% of the league's basketball-related revenue. But as James is pointing out, annual revenue is not the only money the owners are making.

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with his mother Wanda after being named Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jun 12, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 12, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 12, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the third quarter in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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While owners are not necessarily seeing immediate returns on the increase in franchise values, there is a lot of money being accrued for the owners in terms of long-term investment in the league that will eventually be cashed in when the individual owners decide to sell their franchises.

This criticism by James is a nice compliment for Curry, but it is also telling for James' own future in the league.

LeBron has famously taken discounts on his contracts throughout his career and only recently became the highest-paid player in the NBA. But as Brian Windhorst recently noted on ESPN, "[LeBron] is done taking discounts."

In fact, it would seem that LeBron wants even more than the CBA says he is entitled to.

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