Even the mighty Lakers have expressed concerns about their bloated payroll going forward. That means the era of the super team could be coming to an end, unless players such as James decide to take less money to make it easier on a front office to lure more prime talent.
Of course, it still may not matter for several deep-pocketed owners, including Brooklyn's Mikhail Prokhorov and New York's James Dolan.
The Buss family in Los Angeles may also find the allure of championship chasing hard to resist and use revenues from a mammoth new television deal to help offset the major tax penalties they could incur.
AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis also contributed to this report.
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