All NBA contracts must come to an end.
It doesn't matter who you are; no player is above the CBA. Lifetime pacts don't exist, and fans of impulsive teams should be thankful they don't.
For certain players, impending free agency is a cinch. Some have control over their own destiny, regardless of how poorly they play. Player and Early Termination Options afford them all the power.
Then there are superstars who are still in their prime, those who will be paid handsomely because they're not going to fail. After them, things change.
Not all players have the luxury of job security; not all stars are facing an easy decision. Plenty spend contract years playing for their jobs, for their reputation and for the right to finish out deals on their own terms.
*Those with Player and Early Termination Options will not be considered. They have more control over their future since they can opt in or remain with their team for another season. Only those with expiring contracts or who could enter restricted free agency were considered.