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Predicting Which Young NBA Stars Will Get Extensions by Halloween Deadline
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Halloween is all about the three C's—costumes, candy and...ummm...what's the third one? EPA?

No, that's not it. Oh, right! Contracts.

As it happens, October 31 is also the deadline for teams around the NBA to strike deals with their players who'd otherwise be headed for restricted free agency in the summer of 2013.

If recent history is any indication, it appears as though organizations have been spooked by the prospect of dishing out dollars to youngsters like they're dispensing candy corn. The frequency of such agreements has declined over the years—from seven for the class of 2006 to six for the class of 2007 to only five for the class of 2008.

Two members of the class of 2009—Blake Griffin and Serge Ibaka—have already gotten paid, though the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement (along with a relative dearth of talent) may keep this year's crop of contract extendees to another low.

In the spirit of the season, let's have a look at which budding stars will have treats waiting in their respective goodie bags, and which will be stewing over tricks until July 1 rolls around.

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