Also, what you say about the maximum salary is not true. The maximum salary is 30% of an adjusted BRI. Basically the salary cap is 51% of average earnings, but the maximum salary is 30% of 48.05% of that number. This reduces the maximum salary by about a million. However, LeBron's maximum salary will be different than everyone else's. Assuming the maximum contract is $14 million, LeBron would not be bound by this number. He would be entitled to 105% of his previous salary (about 15.5 million)
Basically, while the situation appears dire, it's not as bad as it seems. With the tempting contracts of David Lee's Larry Bird Rights as well as Nate's and Al's, I have total faith Donnie can get back a reasonable package put together. SOMEONE is going to want to sign one of those three without worrying about being over the cap, no? And depending on how willing they are to do that, Curry or JEfferies (or both) can be shipped along with them.