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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) celebrates against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Maverick Carter indicates LeBron James’ Nike lifetime contract worth more than $1 billion

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LeBron James signed a lifetime contract with Nike that was reportedly worth “significantly more than the $500 million that has been speculated.”

How much more?

LeBron’s manager, Maverick Carter, in a Q&A with Mark Anthony Green of GQ:

So you just negotiated an unprecedented lifetime contract for LeBron with Nike. What’s your secret to being a great negotiator?
You have to go into the room understanding a couple things. You have to know what you want. You have to know how to clearly articulate those things. You have to know what’s important to the other side and what they want. Be able to articulate those things, too. And then you have to be willing to not take everything. If you go into the negotiation like, I’m gonna get every dollar, every piece of real estate—I’m just gonna take this guy’s fucking pants off—you may be able to do that once, maybe twice, but after that, people aren’t going to want to do business with you. When you’re negotiating something like the Nike deal, it’s gonna last a lifetime, literally. The minute this negotiation’s over, we’re gonna work with these people every day. So you don’t want to leave them with a bad feeling.

How much was the deal for?
I can’t say.

Come on, Mav! Can you ballpark it?
What are people saying?

Kanye said a billion. So a billion.
[Maverick smiles and points one finger skyward.]

Holy shit.
Yeah. It’s a fantastic deal. Nike feels great about the deal. That’s the most important thing. As great as I feel, as great as LeBron feels—Nike feels fantastic about it. It’s the largest deal in the history of the company. Their hope is he makes even more. And our hope is that, too, obviously.

Whoa. That’s a lot of money.

LeBron is well on his way to following Michael Jordan as NBA player turned billionaire. Unfortunately for LeBron, buying an NBA team will cost much more than the $275 million Jordan paid for Charlotte.

Look at this photo of LeBron dunking

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a basket in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Remember this LeBron James dunk from last night?

The still photo is even better than the video:

Watch the actual NBA draft lottery drawing (video)

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If the lottery isn’t fixed, why doesn’t the NBA show the actual drawing?

Oh.

The stars of that video are 76ers minority owner Art Wrubel and Kylie Rubin, daughter of 76ers minority owner Michael Rubin. They ham it up as Philadelphia’s combinations are drawn twice straight, though obviously only the first counted to give the 76ers the No. 1 pick.

The video’s highlight? Kylie covering her mouth in shock after giving Lakers vice president of basketball operations John Black a louder-than-expected high five once the Lakers draw the second pick.

Report: Terry Stotts’ contract extension worth about $5 million per year

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 4: Head coach Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during their game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 4, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The Trail Blazers reportedly offered Terry Stotts a five-year, $20 million contract extension, and they eventually reached a deal with their coach.

So, how much did he get?

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:

The big unanswered question: How much will Stotts make next season? Did Portland just exercise Stotts’ team option, which presumably would pay him less than $5 million? Or did that get renegotiated as part of the extension?

Stotts – who finished second Coach of the Year voting – has earned a salary in the $5 million range. On the other hand, the Trail Blazers hired him when – after failed stints with the Bucks and Hawks – other teams might not have. Perhaps, Portland should get full return on that investment with a cheaper 2016-17 salary.

The Trail Blazers might need a little extra cash on hand to pay players next season.

Toronto mayor gets mad about online poll, pens open letter about LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Raptors championship parade

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 02:  Prince Harry chats with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory as they watch a sledge-hockey match Mattany at the Athletic Centre on May 2, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Prince Harry is in Toronto for the Launch of the 2017 Toronto Invictus Games before heading down to Miami and the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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CBSSports.com posted a poll asking which team will win the championship. The choices:

  • Warriors
  • Thunder
  • Cavaliers
  • Other

This is a strange way to frame the poll when just four teams remain in the playoffs – the Raptors conspicuously excluded as a direct option.

A big deal? I sure don’t think so.

But the poll aggravated many overly sensitive Canadians, including THE MAYOR OF TORONTO.

John Tory:

LeBron James didn’t say he was looking forward to playing the Heat. He said he wanted to play a playoff series against Dwyane Wade, and that meant facing Miami. LeBron never predicted he’d get that matchup.

And what did Toronto show Wade about shooting during O Canada? He apologized. The end.

Best of all, this whole overblown response – again, to an online poll – probably stems from Tory and his band of bellyachers not understanding context.

Matt Moore of CBSSports.com: