Meet Next Season's Ring-Chasing NBA Veterans

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Meet Next Season's Ring-Chasing NBA Veterans
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Every NBA player wants to attain eternal glory by winning a championship. If that isn’t among a player’s career goals, then he’s probably in the Association for the wrong reasons.

Youngsters have time to get their feet wet and establish themselves as viable talents within the league before winning a ring becomes the No. 1 concern. Aging veterans, meanwhile, sometimes opt for pay cuts at the twilight of their respective careers—so long as it means competing for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Ray Allen is one such example. He left the Boston Celtics behind via 2012 free agency in order to join the mighty Miami Heat. His ring-chasing attitude was rewarded in 2013, when he played a huge part in Miami’s second straight title run.

While he played a lesser role in 2012-13, Rashard Lewis joined Allen as an aging star looking to reach the mountaintop.

Signing with contenders in order to chase rings has become the norm for guys without much left in the tank. As long as they can still contribute, front office members will no doubt consider bringing their talents on board.

So who will be among this year’s class of ring-chasers?

Paul Pierce is one such free agent headlining the list, but he isn’t the only guy age 30 and above who could put contention above all other factors.

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