Next year’s free agent class features a lot of extremely talented ballers, mostly highlighted by LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Paul George, some guys that are a lock to ink their signature on extremely lucrative deals.
On the lower level of the free agent class, we’ve got some players that are also set to pursue high paying long-term deals, and that are set to have a lot of suitors more than willing to hand them a big fat paycheck.
Also, with that surging trend of overpaying for players after a couple of good years, or just to snub them from competition, we can rest assure some athletes are going to be quite happy with their bank accounts for the upcoming couple of campaigns.
So, today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 players (not superstars) that are set to make a lot of money next year with their new deals.
5. Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter has always been a walking double-double and a guy more than capable of leading the second unit in points, although he’s also a huge defensive liability against stronger centers with good feet.
Still, with his ability to pile up numbers and with teams desperate for some depth down low, he’s a prime target to get a lot of dough the upcoming campaign on what may be his last good contract ever.
4. Clint Capela
Clint Capela has quietly and quickly surged as one of the league’s top-tier big man, and for a guy his age, the Houston Rockets would be smart to lock him for the long run as their starting center for the future.
He’s deadly on the pick and roll, he’s a physical player that always knows how to gain and maintain position against his oppositions, and with Chris Paul and James Harden in town, he’s a lock to have a lot of easy buckets for a very, very long time.
3. Aaron Gordon
Despite being quietly trying to shop him, we wouldn’t expect the Orlando Magic to just let anyone snub Aaron Gordon out of the building, especially after the career year the young power forward’s having.
Gordon’s career got off to a very slow start but he’s finally coming together, and he looks like he may be the second coming of Blake Griffin. Having said that, the young baller has quite earned his money and if Orlando’s not willing to pay out, at least 4 or 5 would be thrilled to do so.
2. DeAndre Jordan
The Los Angeles Clippers decided to retain DeAndre Jordan despite knowing there’s no chance in hell he comes back with them the upcoming campaign, a pretty bold and risky bet that’s set to bite them in the rear during the next offseason.
With Los Angeles going through a rebuilding process, they’re not likely to offer a lot of money to one of the league’s best rim protectors, but he’d definitely have at least half a dozen suitors that would be more than willing to pay him what he’s worth.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins was playing the best ball of his career and was finally going to make his first postseason appearance this season before suffering a devastating season-ending injury that put his all future in jeopardy, or at least that’s what it seems.
Nonetheless, several teams are going to be more than happy to overpay for DMC (starting with the Pelicans). This move would represent a lot of risk considering the kind of injury he suffered, but his upside and skill set are set to guarantee him a lot of dough anyways, even if he’s not able to play up to the expectations.