If you think March Madness is going to be crazy in college basketball, just wait until July Lunacy in the NBA.
Come the summer, most teams around the league will have the requisite combination of cap room and roster flexibility to make way for at least one free agent in search of a maximum salary. Players in line for life-changing paydays can thank the Association's new national television deal with ESPN and Turner Sports (which owns Bleacher Report), which will send the salary cap soaring north of $90 million on a blast of new league revenue.
Those same players can also pay their respects to a class of free agents that's relatively dim on star power. LeBron James and Kevin Durant aside, there aren't many (if any) franchise cornerstones to soak up all that sweet cash for themselves.
Not that the market will be devoid of talent by any means. Even decorated stalwarts such as Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Rajon Rondo, Joakim Noah, Tim Duncan, Luol Deng and Al Jefferson would have a tough time cracking a top-10 list. So, too, would some promising prospects and potential All-Stars, including Harrison Barnes, Chandler Parsons, Ryan Anderson, Nicolas Batum and Jordan Clarkson.
None of those names just mentioned cracked our list of the 10 best players available. Read on to see who made the cut.