NBA Free Agency 2012: Restricted FAs Who Will Cash In with Ridiculous Deals

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Restricted FAs Who Will Cash In with Ridiculous Deals
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After breaking out with a season that singularly re-defines what it means to be a "rising star," you might expect Jeremy Lin to be among the most richly-rewarded restricted free agents. But thanks to a rule known as the "Gilbert Arenas Provision," that won't be happening.

In order to make it easier for teams to retain restricted free agents who aren't coming off of a rookie contract, suitors may only extend offer sheets to some restricted free agents that start at $5 million in the first season.

Lin is one such free agent.

His offer may be backloaded enough to make life difficult for the Knicks, but there will still be limits to what the mega-celebrity can earn—at least from the franchise that signs him.

His endorsement deals are another story.

Despite the limitations attached to Lin's immediate financial future, there are a few restricted free agents primed for big-time paydays.

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