Expiring contracts aren't for every NBA team.
They're talked about as massive trade chips, and in the right situation, they are just that. However, it takes a certain type of franchise to want to move those pieces and an entirely different group to pursue them.
The funny thing is, both parties are searching for the same thing—a big fish. It's just the matter of when and how they'll cast their reels that differs.
The ones willing to part with that financial relief are motivated by one of two factors.
Win-now teams might use them as sweetener to land what they feel is the final piece of their championship puzzle. Those further removed from contention might trade financial flexibility for assets, particularly if they feel better about their chances in the draft or trade market than they do in free agency.
But where do these motivated sellers find ready-and-willing buyers? A couple different places.
Major markets are almost always an option, as they typically get their pick of the litter in free agency. The more room they have on their payroll, the bigger the summer splash they can try to make.
Teams loaded with young talent are interested in these cap-friendly deals as well. As that talent develops, it becomes exponentially more expensive. These clubs have to get creative to keep all their pieces in place, so extra cap space is always a welcome addition.
Contrary to popular belief, there are faces to go along with these expiring figures. These are the most likely ones to be moved before the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline.