5 NBA Free Agents with the Most to Prove During 2016-17 Season

July 16th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »
Every former NBA free agent experiences some sort of pressure.

DeMar DeRozan, Mike Conley, Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond will have to live up to their massive paydays now that they've each re-signed with their old teams. Al Horford will be tasked with carrying the Boston Celtics to the upper tier of the Eastern Conference. Even Ian Clark needs to meet the expectations of his new deal now that he's back with the Golden State Warriors for another year.

But a handful of signees have even more to prove.

Maybe they were overpaid by their new (or, in two cases, old) squads. Maybe they're replacing departed legends. Maybe they're attempting to rehabilitate their declining images. Maybe they just haven't broken out like they're supposed to and are now being paid as if they have.

Whatever the reasons, these guys better work hard before the start of the 2016-17 campaign, or the whispers will grow even louder.

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