Predicting the Next Wave of Future Max-Contract NBA Stars

December 7th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Get your checkbooks ready, general managers and team owners. The NBA's next batch of max-contract superstuds is here.

Cash will be gift-wrapped over the next two summers as the league enjoys a series of cap eruptions. Player salaries will rise too, but teams will have truckloads of money to spend, creating a more aggressive—and thus expensive—free-agent market.

And that should mean we're in for a larger-than-normal wave of max-contract newbies.

These newcomers are typically coming off their rookie-scale deals, preparing to negotiate an extension ahead of their third season or work the restricted free-agency landscape ahead of their fifth year. Though there are a few veteran, been-in-the-league-for-six-or-more-years-without-a-max-deal exceptions, this space is predominantly dedicated to the up-and-coming megastars.

Our pool of candidates is limited to those eligible for free agency (restricted and unrestricted) over one of the next two offseasons. So forget about LeBron James and Kevin Durant for a minute.

Focus instead on those who are about to get paid like James and Durant for the very ...

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