Not all free-agent experiences are equal.
Even as point guard Rajon Rondo is set to explore his options next summer, the newest member of the Cleveland Cavaliers probably won't be doing much exploring. So long as LeBron James is in town, odds are, Kevin Love will be at his side.
And then there are two reigning champions you won't find on this list: Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard.
Both will be free agents, but neither is likely to depart from the San Antonio Spurs. It's no secret that Duncan will either retire or stick around the team that drafted him in 1997. As for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, Leonard looks to be following in Duncan's ever-loyal footsteps.
"I'm just playing," Leonard said this summer, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt. "The Spurs are a great organization. I'm leaving that to my agent, and I'm sure they'll come out with a great understanding and a deal. I'm not focused on that at all."
If only these kinds of crossroads were always so easy.
Many of the league's top free agents may similarly remain right where they are—even after entertaining pitches from various suitors. Even so, they'll be playing for something.
Big paydays at the very least.
Here's a look at 10 stars set to cash in as free agents in 2015.