Predicting the Next Wave of Max-Contract Free Agents

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Predicting the Next Wave of Max-Contract Free Agents
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A handful of NBA stars, some of whom aren't even technically free agents yet, are about to get seriously paid.

Max-money paid, to be precise.

Precision, though, is almost impossible to achieve when discussing the NBA's ultra-complicated collective bargaining agreement, and that's especially true when it comes to nailing down a definition of "maximum salary."

Depending on service time, previous salaries and whether a player is re-upping with the same team or jumping to a new destination, a max deal can mean a whole bunch of different things. For example, Blake Griffin's five-year, $94 million contract is a max deal, but so is Marc Gasol's four-year, $57 million pact.

The technicalities are mind-boggling, and if you want to dive into them headfirst, check out Larry Coon's 60,000-word explanation of the current CBA.

For our purposes, we won't split hairs over which specific type of max deal the next wave of big-money signees will get. Instead, consider this a broader look around the league at the players likely to follow in the footsteps of John Wall and Paul George, two of the NBA's most recently maxed-out superstars.

Remove all rubber bands from stacks; the NBA is about to make it rain.

Here's who might want to grab an umbrella.

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