Motivation is rarely higher than when millions of dollars are at stake. These NBA players will greatly increase their contract value by shining in 2013.
Contract-year aberrations can be a huge boon for the franchise presently holding that player's rights. However, it can also be an impediment and a mirage: some guys are never able or willing to reach those levels ever again (See: Charlie Villanueva).
Sometimes the price is driven so high that the home team can't even afford to retain their suddenly too-expensive "one-year wonder."
Some of the players on this list will produce a "fool's gold" season, never to be duplicated by them again. Buyer beware.
In other cases, a big contract year is just the first sign of big things to come...