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NBA Stars Playing Their Way Into and Out of Max Contracts
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With the 2013 NBA trade deadline behind us, we can now look forward to a period of time in which teams and players can perform without distractions. However, we'd be remiss to ignore the ever-important period of free agency that looms after the season.

Who is playing his way into and out of a substantial payday—more specifically, a max contract?

In this age of super teams, we're likely to see clubs with flexibility in their salary cap space make an impact.

That said, we must define the worthy candidates for potential $100 million deals before we harp on the potential for glory.

Beyond Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the presence of superstars is minimal, so "great" could turn into "good enough" for a max contract.

Who might benefit by taking the lead in this class?

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