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10 NBA Players Who Will Have a Huge Contract Year Next Season
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Josh Smith will spread his wings and fly out of Atlanta in 2013.

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...

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