It's that time of year again. The time when temperatures start to heat up both outdoors and in the offices of NBA general managers and players trying to make those tough contract decisions.
2013 is no different than any other year, as front offices and players alike are forced to decide what they'd like to do with their futures.
Players must decide whether or not to exercise player and early termination options, while general managers are left deciding which players to buy out and what to do with their team options. Restricted free agency is full of decision-making as well, but that's a subject for another article, as we're sticking strictly to options and buy-outs here.
Most teams in the Association have decisions to make, but the focus here is on the bigger ones. If a decision is featured in this article, it's either a toughie or one that centers around a big-name player.
Note: All stats and contract information, unless otherwise indicated, comes from Basketball-Reference.com and Spotrac.com.