Will Bird rights influence LeBron?

The Cleveland Cavaliers can pay LeBron James more than other teams; will it matter?

Originally Published: April 1, 2010
By Larry Coon | Special to ESPN.com

More green, or greener pastures?

When it comes to signing free agents, NBA teams receive homecourt advantage. It literally exists in the fine print, codified in a rule commonly referred to as "Bird rights." After three years' tenure, Bird rights allow teams to disregard the cap and sign their own free agents to any salary up to the maximum. They can also give longer contracts and larger raises than other teams can offer.

If other teams are chasing another team's free agent, ...

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