Top 15 NBA Free Agents Who Will Cash In This Summer

With the playoffs just getting underway and many players already enjoying their offseason, it can only mean that the soap opera of NBA free agency is almost underway. Every summer, a new crop of NBA players become available for teams to negotiate contracts with. These negotiations can take place in team facilities, over the phone through agents, and can even involve night club contract signings. It is a mad dash for competing teams to sign the most in demand free agents, and teams are eager to drive prices higher to tie up more valuable salary cap room for their opponents.

Typically players that are free agents fit into three categories; restricted, unrestricted, and those with player options to extend their deals. One those players with options have declared they will explore free agency, these players and their agents are free to explore competing offers. Offers for restricted free agents must be matched by their current team, if they intend to hold onto the player. It is an intricate system of multi-team negotiations that can often bring out the best in both the players and team management.

Once the Finals have ended and an NBA Champions is crowned, the official offseason can begin. This season, the race for the NBA crown has been more wide open than it has been in years. Several big names could be on the market from championship contending teams. These players could make the difference between mounting another title challenge and phoning in the second half of the season in order to tank for the draft. Here are the players that will have the most at stake during negotiations this summer.

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15 Rajon Rondo

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14 Al Jefferson

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13 Goran Dragic

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12 Brandon Knight

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11 Paul Millsap

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10 Greg Monroe

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9 Marc Gasol

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8 Jimmy Butler

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7 Monta Ellis

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6 Draymond Green

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5 LeBron James

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4 DeAndre Jordan

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3 Kevin Love

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2 Kawhi Leonard

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1 LaMarcus Aldridge

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In his ninth season in the NBA, LaMarcus Aldridge has found himself in a position to succeed. The Portland Trail Blazers are essentially built around Aldridge’s skill set and this arrangement has allowed him to flourish. Aldridge set a career high for scoring, with 23.4 points per game to go along with his 10.2 rebounds. It is doubtful that any team would be able make an offer that would steal Aldridge away from Rip City. He has already earned $85 million throughout the course of his career and it is going to be hard to top the hometown advantage.

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