NBA Free Agency 2012: 11 Players Who Must Take Pay Cut to Contend for a Title

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NBA Free Agency 2012: 11 Players Who Must Take Pay Cut to Contend for a Title
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Staying or going? Two-time league MVP Steve Nash is one of this season's big free agent prizes.

The money or the ring? 

It's not always an "either-or" proposition, but it certainly can be. 

If you're an aging star in the NBA and want to win a ring, then latching onto a talented team for the final years of your career might be the best path to a title. 

It also might mean taking a pay cut. 

In a league with a fairly rigid salary cap, the teams that are on the cusp of being champs are often those with the least amount of available salary cap room. Those that are still struggling at the bottom of the standings are often the teams with the most cash to burn.

It's actually a choice without a wrong or right answer. Instead, it's one that sheds light on the priority of the individual free agent. 

The choice can be boiled down to "the money or the ring."

Which NBA free agents are facing this choice this summer? 

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