Surprise Max-Contract Candidates for the 2016 NBA Free-Agent Class

February 20th, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
The path to a max contract can be a simple one for the select few players who are sitting atop the NBA's free-agent crop. Score like Kevin Durant, saturate a stat sheet like LeBron James or wreak interior havoc like Andre Drummond, and nine-figure deals become formalities.

But not every 2016 max-contract candidate has always had a jackpot payday within reach. The six players listed here have forced their way into that discussion in a variety of bank account-bursting ways.

Timing has helped a few of them. One has the singular skill that every modern team desires, while another bounced back from a down year and will head into free agency at arguably his best.

Others have flashed top-tier talent but also raised questions of whether that could (or should) translate to this level of pay raise. Whether limited by their role, bothered by injury or held back by an on-court limitation, these players have spurred arguments both for and against their max-money credentials.

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