Athletes in every sport tend to step their games up during a contract year, and professional basketball players are no exception. With a large number of NBA stars heading into the final year of their current deals, expect to see plenty of career-defining performances during the 2012-13 season.
Dwight Howard and Chris Paul will be the biggest names on the free-agent market, but there are several other players who will be looking to land a max contract at some point over the next 12 months. While some stars will only need to stay healthy in order to rake in the big bucks, others will need to have a breakout performance if they want to cash in next season.
With NBA franchises preparing to open their coffers once again next July, here's a look at 10 players who are set to break the bank in the summer of 2013.