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Top 20 NBA Free Agents Who Are Going To Cash In This Summer

The popularity and growth of the NBA has been achieving great success over the last few seasons. Unlike the NFL and MLB, the NBA is more star driven and teams become contenders due to star power. The branding of the stars makes the league more marketable to new fans and it adds to the overall success of the sport. Merchandise numbers and global viewers are stronger for the NBA than other sports because of the star power and outreach by the league. The NBA recently signed new television deals with ABC/ESPN and Turner Sports to the tune of a whopping a nine-year, $24 billion agreement.

With the league prospering and making ridiculous money, the pay for players is going to see new highs. The salary cap is expected to rise by more than $35 million. This means the financial value of players will be hitting new highs in the form of big contracts. Any NBA talent entering the upcoming offseason is meeting extreme luck with the huge payouts that will be offered this summer. The league has made great strides in paying players well but this is a whole new game. Teams will be forced to put their money where their mouth is. You’ll know what teams want to compete and which are looking to budget.

Another interesting tidbit about free agency is how riveting it has become to keep track of. Following the NBA season and playoffs, the league has bonus excitement with the free agent period in July and August. Players being wooed by various teams and making decisions of where they go is fascinating for fans of any organization. Only sixteen teams get the joy of postseason basketball but every fan base has offseason moves going down. This summer will see it reach a new level with the salary cap rising. The power is in the hand of the players and these are the twenty NBA free agents that will cash in this offseason.

20 20. Jeremy Lin 

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19 19. Timofey Mozgov 

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18 18. Brandon Jennings 

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17 17. Zaza Pachulia 

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16 16. Jordan Clarkson 

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15 15. Pau Gasol 

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14 14. Nicolas Batum 

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13 13. Ryan Anderson 

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12 12. Harrison Barnes 

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11 11. Dwyane Wade 

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10 10. Dwight Howard 

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9 9. Rajon Rondo 

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8 8. Mike Conley 

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

7 7. Bradley Beal 

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6 6. Hassan Whiteside 

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5 5. Al Horford 

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4 4. Andre Drummond 

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3 3. DeMar DeRozan 

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2 2. Kevin Durant 

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1 1. LeBron James 

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Many fans don’t understand why LeBron James has taken one-year contracts in back-to-back seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers rather than going for long term stability. James is one of the most intelligent business men in sports history and he was well aware of the landscape in the NBA changing to the point where it is today with the cap raising. As the best player in the NBA and one of the most valuable assets in the history of sports, James is ready to cash in and it will be surprising if he doesn’t get the richest deal in NBA history. In all fairness, there’s probably not a ceiling on what James deserves for the amount of money he brings into the sport and into the economy of Cleveland.

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