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13 Contract-Year NBA Stars Who Will Play Their Way into a Massive Payday
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Heading into the 2012-13 NBA season, certain players have more than just a championship on their minds.

At least 50 or so players could be heading into the final year of their contracts, with either restricted or unrestricted free agency awaiting in the summer of 2013.

Many of these players aren't anything special. They're the role players, the roster fillers—the guys who are lucky to get the mid-level exception, if that.

Others, however, are bona fide superstars.

The 13 players featured here all potentially face free agency next summer, and all 13 should earn a pretty penny based on their play this season.

For your reference, the players are ordered by a combination of: 1) how likely they are to take their game to the next level this season; and 2) the likely salary they'll command next summer.

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