What if LeBron James took less?

Elite NBA free agents could opt to take less so teams could add talent. Will they?

Updated: June 4, 2010, 2:22 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

As the basketball world speculates about secret meetings and obsesses over the will-he-or-won't-he question (whichever "he" matters most to a particular fan), I find myself circling back to 2004, the rookie year of the man who seems to be holding all of the cards, LeBron James.

It may be hard to believe, but back then James wasn't the only story in the sports world. In February of that year, the New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three years and free agency threatened ...

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