As Wednesday night's contract extension period finally passed, there were a number of surprising players who did not receive lucrative contract extensions. Many of these athletes are looking for their first big payday in their careers and will now have to wait until summer to sign contracts.
Whether it was their decision to enter a rebuilding period with the chance that a superstar like Dwight Howard or Deron Williams will sign a contract with them, or the fact that they don't see their respective player as a necessity, these teams have decided to not shell out a lucrative contract worthy of their players' talents.
The money is obviously out there, as fourth-year players Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook have been signed to huge contracts.
So, without further ado, here are the five NBA players who should have seen better contracts.