More and more teams are packing up and ending the season as the first eight playoff teams have been sent home, and now, more than half the NBA is officially in "offseason mode." With that being the case, expect the free-agent talk to start heating up.
There are a number of free agents, restricted or unrestricted, who have shown varying degrees of promise who should be expected to get a sizable pay bump this year.
At the same time, there are question marks surrounding each one. Each of them will be expected to prove they're worth their money. Here are 15 players who must validate their worth with their new deal.
They're roughly ranked according to potential earnings but don't get too hung up on the order.