Entering a contract year is one of the most important things an athlete has to have in mind when preparing during the offseason for the next campaign, as they’re going to have to work twice and three times as hard as they usually do in order to get a huge paycheck at the end of the month.
Players usually tend to play their heart off whenever they have to find a new deal for the future, especially when they get older and won’t probably have the chance to get another max and lucrative deal in their careers.
Considering how much money players are bound to make on a yearly basis, and with the CBA making the salary cap rise and rise, there are several players that will definitely earn a lot of dough the next season if they play their cards properly.
Today, we’re going to let you know about 7 players that are going to have a very solid season in order to earn a lot of money on their next contracts when they become unrestricted free agents.
7. Seth Curry
Seth Curry isn’t nearly as talented as his older brother Stephen Curry, but he’s still proven to be a very prolific scorer and an above the average shooter from deep, and he could definitely be a very important piece on any contender that’s in need of depth at the 2.
Curry will definitely have a very good season on a very bad Dallas Mavericks team and he should have a lot of suitors more than interested in acquiring the services of the sharpshooter at the end of the season.
6. JJ Redick
JJ Redick is set to become the newest member of the Philadelphia 76ers and he’ll provide a much-needed boost from three-point territory as well as mentor Markelle Fultz to help him improve during his rookie year.
Recently signing a very lucrative deal to stay for at least one season with the Sixers, Redick is bound to have a very good season that’ll make him get what might as well be his last big contract before retiring.
5. Greg Monroe
Not so long ago, it looked like Greg Monroe was set to become one of the league’s elite big men when he played alongside Andre Drummond in the Detroit Pistons, but he hasn’t been able to sustain his productivity and it’s always on the trade block now in the Milwaukee Bucks.
Still, Monroe could really produce off the bench for a contender or get a lot of money on a lousy team like the Brooklyn Nets, so let’s see if he manages to scam yet another team in desperate need of depth in the paint.
4. Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors’ production took a major toll after constant nagging pains and injuries prevented him from being able to produce alongside Rudy Gobert, and he’s bound to lose even more touches against the Frenchman now that he’ll run the team.
Still, he’s a very good player that could really blossom and help any team, and considering his skillset, he’ll be one of the most intriguing free agents of the next season, although durability will always be a concern.
3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
It was really surprising to see the Detroit Pistons let KCP just walk away for nothing to sign a 1-year deal to be the Los Angeles Lakers’ new starting shooting guard playing alongside standout prospect Lonzo Ball.
Nonetheless, this deal looks like pretty much a one-year rental that’ll leave the Lakers with a lot of flexibility to try and pursue LeBron James the upcoming offseason, so he’ll pretty much play to show other teams what he can bring to the table and hope to get paid big time.
2. Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel is one of the most talented big men in the league right now, at least defensive wise, so it was really surprising to not see him get maxed out by the Dallas Mavericks during this summer.
Apparently, Noel’s constant injuries represent a major concern for the Mavs and even though they want him to become their center of the future, it’s pretty likely that he’ll have to go elsewhere to get the kind of money he deserves, so he’ll have to prove his worth this upcoming season and especially that he can actually stay healthy.
1. Avery Bradley
And last but not least we get Avery Bradley, a young player that has already proved he’s worth every single dime after becoming one of the most important players in the Boston Celtics due to his versatility in both ends of the floor.
Blossoming as an elite backcourt defender that can guard 3 different positions, improving his offensive game and being a very committed player that just hustles through 4 quarters, Bradley could have a very strong season as the Pistons go-to-guy.