8 NBA Players Entering Critical Contract Years in 2014-15

October 7th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
For the class of 2015 NBA free agents, things just became infinitely more interesting.

After the league announced its new TV deal, which Richard Sandomir of The New York Times first reported will be worth $24 billion over nine years, these players have additional questions to ponder as they approach their foray into the open market.

Should they embrace short-term risk and sacrifice long-term security in hopes of landing a far more lucrative deal down the line? Or could next summer be the perfect time to ink a heavy commitment as teams loosen their financial belts in preparation for this ballooning revenue stream?

Those answers will only come with time, but the questions highlight something the eight players on this list already know: 2014-15 will be a critical point of their careers.

With all eight slotted for unrestricted free agency, there is a certainty to that statement. Since we have no crystal ball in hand, players eligible for extensions on their rookie-scale deals or those holding player options for the 2015-16 campaign were not considered here. Some may well join the free-agent frenzy, but this octet already holds a ...

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