2013 NBA Free Agents Facing Career-Defining Offseason

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2013 NBA Free Agents Facing Career-Defining Offseason
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CP3 and D12 will both be looking at some big numbers on their new contracts this summer.

With an NBA champion crowned for 2013, everyone not elating in the Miami Heat's repeat can now turn their attention to the offseason. 

There is a lot to offer in the free-agent market running the gamut from superstars to sixth men and from blossoming veterans to competing teammates.

Those searching for somewhat of a bargain can find help in the backcourt (J.J. Redick, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Nick Young, Tony Allen, et al.) or the frontcourt (J.J. Hickson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Earl Clark, Matt Barnes, Chris Kaman, Samuel Dalembert, et al.). 

But what follows are the seven prominent unrestricted free agents, who will have the most valuable seasons of their careers monetized and gambled upon by the highest bidders.

As this concerns only UFAs, players who exercise their early-termination option (such as Monta Ellis and Andre Iguodala) will not be included. 

For each of these seven UFAs, ranked in order of significance, their teams allowed them to hit free agency instead of locking up their services in advance or trading for value at the deadline.

So whether they stay with their current team, sign somewhere else or get swapped in a sign-and-trade (which won't be possible for teams over the cap apron), these players all face an offseason which will determine the close of their prime years.

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