Champion, that is. In two-and-a-half weeks' time, we'll know who, between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, will have made off with the latest Larry O'Brien Trophy after what figures to be a thrilling NBA Finals series.
But those who will have lost out on this year's championship needn't all be losers, per se. Each of the 16 teams that's taken part in these remarkable playoffs will see someone depart via free agency this summer.
And with nearly half the Association, per Basketball-Reference.com, expected to enter the offseason with at least $10 million in cap room to spare, there figure to be plenty of players with recent postseason experience who cash in on the added cachet that comes with competing for a championship.
To be sure, playoff basketball isn't an absolute panacea for a prospective free-agent's bank account. Lance Stephenson likely cost himself a few shekels with his antics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Evan Turner's six "DNP-CDs" (did not play—coach's decision) in these playoffs with the Indiana Pacers could cut considerably into what would've been a nifty payday had he not been traded away by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Whatever shot Andrei Kirilenko had at one sizable contract to close out his NBA career went out the window, right along with the 2.5 points in 14.4 minutes he averaged for the Brooklyn Nets.
The list goes on and on, but so does that which highlights those who stand to profit handsomely from their postseason performance. These five, in particular, figure to Scrooge-McDuck their way through the heat of another scorching summer.