There's a certain point of pride to earning a max deal, and a few more NBA studs will get to join that exclusive fraternity next offseason.
The 2014 free-agent class is filled with great players and will become even more stacked if a certain few stars decide to opt out of their contracts. Right now, there are five players who deserve max contracts, but—and this doesn't account for unforeseen breakouts—that number could easily rise to nine.
There are a few young studs here, but there are also some veterans who deserve one last max deal.
As a point of clarification, this is about who deserves that type of money. It's not a predictive piece talking about who will actually get the contracts. And yes, there's a big difference between those two subjects.
You can probably tell from the picture up above that Paul George is included here. Who are the other guys, though?